Sandzhik took us to visit a monument remembering those who were deported to Siberia at the beginning of WWII. Stalin was afraid the Kalmyks might fight for the Germans. The boxcar is what the people were transported in. The deportation took place in 1943 and the people were not able to return until 1957. The monument at the top of the hill has two faces. One side depicts the Soviet machine that chews people up and spits them out. The other side depicts the new face of Kalymyia. It was a sobering experience.
Scenes from Elista – Monument