Published on 29th November 2016 by

The Remarkable Republic of Kalmykia (1998): The murder of journalist Larissa Yudina in Kalmykia in June ’98’ shocked the whole of Russia. But who runs this strange republic?

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In the republic of Kalmykia, Russian politics are at their most barmy – and most sinister. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the eccentric President, has just announced he’’ll seek the Russian Presidency in 2000. A multi-millionaire at 35, he’s been accused of serious corruption. Kalmykia is an Asian island based in Europe. Chess is compulsory at school. The economy is based on sheep farming. When the international wool market collapsed, so did Kalmykia’’s economy…

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