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Snapshot from Tatarstan

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I don't know much about the Tatars, but I began to go through old photos I took in Kazan last year and noticed I have a lot of shots of locals walking the streets. I guess their appearance is highly unusual to me, even exotic to some extent. Here's just one example. About this girl (woman?), I know nothing, but find her intriguing. :)

What do I need to know about the Tatars, and this Republic of Russia? My host in this city spoke very little English, so it was difficult to learn a lot about the region from the native showing me around. Please share any interesting facts or insights. I struggle to understand why cities like Kazan are so much nicer than other parts of Russia? Is it because the region is rich in oil, and has more resources? Kazan is now my second favorite city, only Peter is more aesthetically pleasing. Both have very friendly locals, and Kazan has more English speakers than any other city I've visited. I guess because there are so many young students there, but it makes navigation in the city much easier for a foreign tourist like me...


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livejournal
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
Snapshot from Tatarstan
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j1980
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
там промышленность есть, должны деньги водиться. ну и шаймиеву не пофиг было на регион

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peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
There is money and power in Moscow, but Kazan is still more beautiful and friendly. :)
pro100_petrov
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
Sabantui. And mafia.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Mafia? Somehow readers think the mafia is everywhere, except in Moscow.
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pin_gwin
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)
Рахим Итыгез!
I was in Kazan at early 80-ties. It looked like most of industrial cities of USSR, slightly better. They won some more control over income they generate after perestroika and used it properly. Also, they have some oil and industry (auto and avia to name a few), good educational level, a tradition of multicultural coexistence, while maintaining sufficient independence. Climate is a bit drier than in Moscow area, more sunny days. Also, my observation is that Tatars have a very positive life attitude, but that's may be just my limited generalization. The girl on the photo is very likable, and if I were young, I would be easily attracted to one like this without thinking about her ethnicity, in fact , it had happened, really. BTW - they are great housekeepers (generalization again)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Рахим Итыгез!
I honestly don't know if this female is young or old, and it's irrelevant. :) I think she's lovely. Yes, locals are very friendly, and actually one young man probably saved me from breaking my leg near the university. I was trying to take a pic of the young Lenin statue, and there was a sheet of ice all around it. I lost my footing and was on the way to disaster, but he caught me, and I immediately said an enthusiastic and grateful "thanks!!" in English. He began to speak to me perfectly in the language. :)) I cannot tell the difference between this woman, and an Uzbek for instance. They look similar to me...
Re: Рахим Итыгез! - pin_gwin - Apr. 25th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
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rostislavddd
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
A recent video from Kazan :)
An unknown girl came out of the crowd and improvised with street musicians.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: A recent video from Kazan :)
Cool! :) What is she singing about? I cannot understand the words.
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Re: Do not take for policy :) - rostislavddd - Apr. 25th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
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nguryev
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
Before 1917 Kazan was famous by its Univesity, which was in some disciplines better than St. Petersburg's University. By the way V. I. Lenin studied in Kazan's University.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
I visited the university and saw the statute of a "young Lenin" there. :) Lots of young students in the city. It's good, and makes the atmosphere more lively.
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karbunkul_lug
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Kazan is great.It was tax exemptions for Tatarstan for a long time. Someone think that tax exemption for tatarstan duied through threatening of tatar separatism. During regulation of region by Menteimer Shamiev Kazan became one of sport and financial center of Russia.
Did you like Kul Sharif and Kazan Kremlin
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Sure, the mosque is really beautiful, but I get tired of looking at all these Kremlins throughout Russia...What kind of tax exemptions? The city itself, or the actual citizens of Tatarstan get tax exemptions?
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zx_ready
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
https://youtu.be/zk_VszbZa_s
Original video - it was a huge hit about decade ago.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
I know almost nothing about Russian music or cinema. Thanks for the link.
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pro100_petrov
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
Сабантуй
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Сабантуй
Village entertainment? :)
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andrey_kaminsky
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
Каждый русский немножко татарин.
Russian proverb says: scratch a Russian, you'll find a Tatar.
These two great nation robbed and raped each other for centuries. Now, every russian is a bit of a tartar, the situation is the same with the tatars. Genes mixing leads to greater beauty :)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Каждый русский немножко татарин.
The most beautiful here in the U.S. are when black and whites mix to have babies. Beautiful children in most cases, with perfect skin tone and complexions. I once dated a guy like this...he was definitely one of my favorites from a purely physical standpoint. Something like this guy, from the TV show Grey's Anatomy. But with more hair. :))

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merinainen
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
As a rule Tatar kids are very good in learning English, very capable in linguistics. Tatar mothers are incredibly orderly and keep the homes and families tidy and clean.
278200
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
It's because the tatars are reach)) They are enterprising, they have very strong and very vast family relations & often make a business inside one family
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
Strong family relations - beneficial on many levels! :)
maksipes
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
o, man. listen to me if want to know the truth.

kazan is a big city and all big cities in russia look much better than small cities. but yes, some of them looks even better. I would say it concerns to kazan, grozny, vladivostok, novosibirsk, and maybe irkutsk. but i didn't hear about irkutsk too much. why is it so? because there's no enough money to develop all the cities.

about tatars. my father taught me not to marry on them. and there're two strong reasons. 1. their women are too overbearing. 2. and they are so nice when they are young but rapidly getting old and unattractive. but it depends on skin type. not all tatars have a dark skin.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
What exactly does it mean to be an "overbearing" woman in your mind? Just curious.
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ria9
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Kazan is my city. Mayors of Kazan want to make this city the most beatiful in Russia, At least third
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've been to many cities in Russia, and this is definitely one of the best! I can't know what it's like to live there, but for a tourist, it's a comfortable and friendly place to visit. This cannot be said about a lot of places in Russia, unfortunately...
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mytb
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
This is exactly and typical tatar girl.
If you interesting about this girl you can ask her your questions I think. Here is her profile on vkontakte (it's russian facebook) - https://vk.com/id69661643
peacetraveler22
Apr. 25th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, you internet detectives never fail to amaze me. How did you find her VK page, based on this image alone? Just curious. There is some type of app, or software that scans the web for similar images of a person posted in a photo? I know VK and have an account there http://vk.com/id153673589, but I use it much less frequently than FB.

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