The Republic of Kalmykia (Russian: Респу́блика Калмы́кия, tr. Respublika Kalmykiya; IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə kɐlˈmɨkʲɪjə]; Kalmyk: Хальмг Таңһч, Xaľmg Tañhç) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). As of the 2010 Census, its population was 289,481.
Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the most practised religion, with Buddhists being the plurality of the population. Elista, the capital of the republic, gained lately an international reputation for international chess competitions.
The republic is located in the southwestern part of European Russia and borders, clockwise, with Volgograd Oblast in the northwest and north, Astrakhan Oblast in the north and east, the Republic of Dagestan in the south, Stavropol Krai in the southwest, and with Rostov Oblast in the west. It is washed by the Caspian Sea in the southeast.
A small stretch of the Volga River flows through eastern Kalmykia. Other major rivers include the Yegorlyk, the Kuma, and the Manych. Lake Manych-Gudilo is the largest lake; other lakes of significance include Lakes Sarpa and Tsagan-Khak. In all, however, Kalmykia possesses few lakes.
This is my first cover from Kalmykia Republic. The covers posted on 29 July 2017 and I received on 23 August 2017. The postmark is perfect and you can see a stamp is written as 'Respublica Kalmykia' . The particular stamp issued in 2002 as the part of 'Regions of Russia series. My good friend Olya sent me the cover by exchanging postcards. She specially requested to the postal staff for clear postmark. Thank You Olya for the perfect cover into my collection !