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Elista

Essentials

Elista is the capital of the Republic of Kalmykia which is the only Buddhist nation in Europe. In addition to its Buddhist temples, Elista is famous for being a Chess City, which was a dream of Kalmykia's previous chess-loving president. The city is located in the middle of the steppe and most easily visited by bus from Volgograd or Astrakhan.

Elista


Basic facts
Name in Russian Элиста
Name in Kalmyk Элст (Elst)
Status Capital of the Republic of Kalmykia
Location On the River Elista
Distance 290km south of Volgograd; 475km east of Rostov-on-Don, 1,260km south-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 104,017 people (2014): 66% Kalmyks, 25% Russians
Founded 1865
Former Names Stepnoy
City Day Third Sunday in September
Official Website http://www.gorod-elista.ru/