Support The Moscow Times!

Camel Racing Contest Wraps Up in Astrakhan With $2.5K Prize

An annual camel racing competition has wrapped in the Astrakhan region, the only region in Russia to host such a sporting event.

Astrakhan is also the only region in Russia to breed Bactrian camels — the largest in the world, capable of reaching speeds of 60 kilometers an hour.

This year's competition saw a local man named Altynbek Dzhadkubaliyev win the top prize of 100,000 rubles ($2,500), the Rossia-24 news channel reported Sunday. Dzhadkubaliyev and his camel overtook their 19 opponents at the two-kilometer mark in the race, the report said.

Astrakhan's camel races use local farmers as jockeys, since the animals do not trust strangers enough to allow them to climb onto their backs, the channel reported.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more