Please forward this error screen to 96. This article is about the Russian Republic of Kalmykia. Drawing for children Vologda the original homeland of the Kalmyks, see Dzungaria. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 289,481.
Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the most practiced religion, with Buddhists being the plurality of the population. Elista, the capital of the republic, has of late, gained an international reputation for international chess competitions. A small stretch of the Volga River flows through eastern Kalmykia. Other major rivers include the Yegorlyk, the Kuma, and the Manych. Kalmykia’s natural resources include coal, oil, and natural gas. The republic’s wildlife includes the saiga antelope, whose habitat is protected in Chyornye Zemli Nature Reserve. Kalmykia has a cold semi-desert climate, with hot and dry summers and cold winters with little snow.