In 2009 I spent two weeks in Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia, documenting life of Tatar-Mishar people. They are muslims and proudly call their land Misharistan, keeping a very traditional way of life.
See the reportage on “Birthmark on the Map” blog (in Russian)
Lenin’s monument near the mosque “Rashida” in Mediana village. Local Tatars proudly call their village “Medina”.