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Tatarstan


“Scratch a Russian and you’ll find a Tatar”. The old saying reminds Putin’s fellow citizens that before the Soviets and even before the Tsar, the population was formed by a union of enemies, including Slavs and Mongols. Indeed, in the 13th century the word Tatar referred to any nomadic people from Asia or with Turkic-speaking roots.

“Scratch a Russian and you’ll find a Tatar”. The old saying reminds Putin’s fellow citizens that before the Soviets and even before the Tsar, the population was formed by a union of enemies, including Slavs and Mongols. Indeed, in the 13th century the word Tatar referred to any nomadic people from Asia or with Turkic-speaking roots.

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