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 (kăl-mĭk′ē-ə, kŭl-mĭk′yə)
A region of southwest Russia on the Caspian Sea. Settled in the early 1600s by Kalmyk people from central China, it came under Russian control after 1646.
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About 150 Buddhists protested in front of the Foreign Ministry in Moscow against the refusal of a visa to the Dalai Lama, who had hoped to visit the republics of Buriatia, Tuva, and Kalmukia, where about one million Buddhists live.