Southern Russian Steppe

Southern Russian Steppe

The southern Russian steppe is an unfamiliar region spiced with a spirited array of independent cultures, including freedom-loving Cossacks and descendants of the Golden Horde. Noteworthy highlights between the Caspian and Black Seas include Volgograd’s massive memorial to its World War II legacy; historic Astrakhan on the Volga River Delta, home to Russia’s caviar industry; Buddhist Elista, land of the formerly nomadic Kalmyk people (and home of Chess City); and the balmy Black Sea resort of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013