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The Yakut (Sakha) Under Tsarist Rule: Subordinate Partners in Empire?

By Martin W. Lewis | May 10, 2012 | 9 Comments

As we have seen, the Sakha people—called Yakuts by outsiders—dominated the crucial country of the middle Lena Valley, dotted with islands of fertile grassland, until the 1630s. Russian empire builders, spearheaded by Cossack bands, then pushed down the Lena and built three forts in the Yakut heartland, one of which would become the city of Yakutsk. As was true in …

Introduction to Yakutia (Sakha)—and Russia’s Grandiose Plans for the Region

By Martin W. Lewis | May 3, 2012 | 25 Comments

Yakutia, officially the Sakha Republic of the Russian Federation, is a land of extremes. To begin with, it is by far the world’s largest “stateoid,” or political unit below the level of the sovereign state, covering 3,103,200 square kilometers (1,198,000 square miles), as opposed to second-place Western Australia’s 2,527,621 square kilometers (975,919 square miles). More than twice the size of …

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