The traditional annual Bashkir holiday was celebrated in the Abzelilovsky district of the Bashkotorstan Republic.

In the ethnic village, set up in the open air, there was the chance to meet local residents, drink kumis (mare’s milk) and eat honey. The most spectacular events were the horse races and a kuresh, a traditional wrestling match. The VIP guest of the festival was the well-known Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, who was invited onto the wrestling mat by Radyi Khabirov, acting head of the Republic. They didn’t get to wrestle, but the head of the region did show Seagal the basic rules of combat.

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