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Arrival at the capital of the Crimean Khanate, tatar-Russian ...

khaan palaceKhan palace 2 (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF DIARY ENTRIES) After a long time coming, Tim recently descended into the gorge of Bakhchisarai where the remains of the ancient Crimean Khanate still lie. As a powerful empire following the break up of the Goldern Horde Khanate it was the capital of an empire stretching from the danube to the Volga. Symbolically Tim was let in to the Khaan's palace. In Bachasarai Tim got involved in a local conflict that turned to heavy violence last weekend. Tatar protestors demanding that a market be removed from a muslime holy site (the site of 11 holy graves and khans) were attacked by 300 Russian men who hurled concrete, bricks, and metal, and destroyed many Tatar cars. Most of the 150 Tatar protestors present were elderly and one man was severely injured and at first was not allowed to be removed for treatment. The predjudice against tatars can be heavily felt in the russian community which is due to misunderstanding of the Tatars at the most basic level. Many Russians still believe that the tatars are the descendants of Mongol invaders, and that this simehow justifies their deportation in 1944 under stalin. Tim has since moved further north and is battling through temperatures reaching 39-40 degrees. The steppe is similar to that of Kazakhstan and the pasture has long been sun burnt and dried to a crisp. From here Tim hopes to head further north, and within a week arrive in Kherson Province in the Ukraine proper. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF DIARY ENTRIES)