Romani culture

Russian Roma

Russian Roma are the largest and one of the oldest Romani ethnic groups in Russia. Since the arrival of their ancestors at the beginning of the 18th century, they spread all over the vast ter­ritory of this country, splitting into two subdivisions: urban population working as musicians and singers, and nomadic population specializing in horse dealing and fortune telling. After the 1956 decree banning nomadism, Russian Roma settled down and started adapting to the new circumstances.

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