The indigenous Altai represent an amalgamation of several Turkic peoples. The Altai principally live in the Altai Republic, known as ‘the Switzerland of Russia’, on the southwestern edge of Siberia.

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Sacred Sites and Indigenous Peoples Of The Altai Back Under Threat After New Decree

Government of Altai Republic Passes Law to Protect Sacred Sites

Underreported Struggles #46, January 2011

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