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The entire Kalmyk community 
attended the opening ceremony
(Photo courtesy of Ben Moschkin, USA)


The Kalmyks have been gradually adopting themselves to their new homeland, its way of life, its culture, and its tradition, at the same time they have been able to maintain their own tradition. For all of them the language was not the obstacle since they have had already learned Russian, and the Serbian is a language not entirely distinct from Russian. Pressed by Yugoslav laws members of the Kalmyk colony began sending their children to school. Kalmyk schoolchildren usually went to the Russian elementary school in Belgrade or the Serbian school which were closest to their homes. It is estimated that about 100 little Kalmyks finished elementary school in Serbia in the period between the two World Wars. 


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