Dagestan: The Land of Mountains
Young buys are taught wrestling on a beach by the Caspian Sea. Fighting is embedded in to the culture of Dagestan and it is renowned around the world for producing large numbers of great fighters from wrestlers to mixed martial arts. The Russian government in Moscow also sends large amounts of funding to help train such fighters.
Located in the North Caucasus, bordering the Caspian Sea and a Republic of Russia, Dagestan is home to almost 3 million mostly muslim people. Ethnically very diverse, it is made up of several dozen ethnic groups and is Russia's most heterogeneous republic, where no ethnicity forms a majority.
From 2000 until late 2012 Dagestan was subject to a violent Islamic separatist movement that spilled over from neighbouring Chechnya but has now been largely controlled by the Russian Government.
Now relatively peaceful Dagestan (which means Land of Mountains) remains one of Russia's untouched treasures receiving few visitors. Due to its relative isolation, this beautiful mountainous region has maintained its traditional cultures that have been lost in many other parts of Russia.
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