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In The Mountain Villages Of Daghestan

When the famous Avar-language poet Rasul Gamzatov was asked how he had reached such heights of success with his poetry, he replied that in fact, he had come down from the heights. He was referring to his native village of Tsada, perched in the Caucasus mountains of Daghestan at more than 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea level. In Daghestan, nearly everyone can say they have descended from great heights. Although there is a steady stream of migration from the mountains to the more populous lowlands, remote villages continue to flourish and preserve Daghestani culture. Correspondent Nurchazul Ahilchiand of RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service filed these photographs of Daghestan's heights. (24 PHOTOS)

The village of Danukh
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The village of Danukh

Mehelta, Gumbet district
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Mehelta, Gumbet district

Zalkita, Khunzakh district
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Zalkita, Khunzakh district

Koroda
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Koroda

Godoberi
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Godoberi

Ansalta
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Ansalta

Holotl, Shamil district
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Holotl, Shamil district

Rihuni, Unzukul district
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Rihuni, Unzukul district

Ginichutl, in Khunzakh district, is the birthplace of Avar writer Fazu Alieva.
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Ginichutl, in Khunzakh district, is the birthplace of Avar writer Fazu Alieva.

Tlondoda, Tlarata district
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Tlondoda, Tlarata district

Haraderikh, Buynaksk district 
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Haraderikh, Buynaksk district 

Rugjab, Gunib district 
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Rugjab, Gunib district 

Argvani
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Argvani

Chokh
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Chokh

Haraderikh, Buynaksk district 
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Haraderikh, Buynaksk district 

Tlokh, Botlikh district
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Tlokh, Botlikh district

Genub village
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Genub village

Tlarata
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Tlarata

Balahuni, Onsokolo district
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Balahuni, Onsokolo district

Kikuni, Hargabi district
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Kikuni, Hargabi district

Tsada, Khunzakh district, is the birthplace of writer Ganzat Zadasa and his son, poet Rasul Gamzatov.
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Tsada, Khunzakh district, is the birthplace of writer Ganzat Zadasa and his son, poet Rasul Gamzatov.

Tlondoda
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Tlondoda

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