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Teleuts are a Turkic people living in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.[2] According to the 2002 census, there were 2,650 Teleuts in Russia. Their language is classified as a southern dialect within the group of dialects called the Altay language.[3]


The Teleuts were once part of the Tiele people. They came under the rule of the Turkic Khaganate. Near the end of the 16th century, the Teleuts wandered the steppe between the Irtysh and the Ob'. They became nominal subjects to the Oirats at this period. Their population at this time numbered 4,000 tents.[4]

The Russians gained control of the region and the Teleuts subsequently became their subjects. The Russians called the Teleuts "White Kalmyks" in their documents despite the ethnic and linguistic differences between the Kalmyks and Teleuts.[4]

The majority of the Teleuts live along the Great and Little Bachat Rivers in Kemerovo Oblast. However, a few Teleuts also live in the Altai Republic.[4]


Most Teleuts are Sunni Muslims.[4]

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  1. ^ Russian Census 2010: Population by ethnicity (in Russian)
  2. ^ Library of Congress - Classification Web : web link
  3. ^ Altai Republic - Teleuts (Республика Алтай - Телеуты) : web link Archived 2006-06-14 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  4. ^ a b c d Akiner, Shirin (1986). Islamic Peoples of the Soviet Union (2nd ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 435–436. ISBN 0-7103-0025-5.

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