Bashkortostan is a republic located in the Russian Urals with the capital in Ufa. The eastern side of the region is home to perhaps the most cheerful people in the whole of the Russian Federation. // Tepyanovo village


For a start, locals here do not hesitate to paint their houses in the most unimaginable colors for Russia, with its rather unjust reputation for dreariness. // Amangildino village

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