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Having visited Dagestan, come back again!

The Republic of Dag- estan is one of the most beautiful and unique corners of the Russian Federation. its beauty and uniqueness lie in its magnificent landscape, sea, and lofty mountains and in the distinctive culture and traditions of the peoples who inhabit this ancient re- gion. Dagestan is the largest republic in the North cauca- sus by territory and popula- tion and the most ethnically

diverse area of the Russian Federation. historically, this land lay at the crossroads of trade routes and econom- ic ties between north and south, east and west. Today this land also is strategically significant as one of Rus- sia's southernmost outposts, bordered on land and by sea by five countries.

The territory of Dag- estan occupies about 50,300 sq km (19,416 sq mi). its

length runs 400 km (249 mi) north to south, and its shoreline runs 530 km (329 mi). The Republic spans several different physical- geographic zones, from the lowlands along the caspi- an Sea, which lie 28 meters (92 feet) below sea level, to snow-capped peaks tower- ing more than 4,000 me- ters (13,123 feet). lowlands dominate the northern part of the territory, while in the

south lie the foothills and mountains of the Greater caucasus range; the eastern lands are washed by the cas- pian Sea.

One of the key elements of the transportation infra- structure of the North cau- casus is the international sea trade port at Makhachkala, Russia's only non-freezing port on the caspian Sea. The Republic of Dagestan also has an international air-

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