Wow, thanks Peter, I am impressed that you managed to find them!
I am also sceptical about the status of these towns - however, what
is interesting is the story about some Russian administration (a
polling station for the elections, conscription of men for the army).
I doubt that Azerbaijan would allow this if there was no kind of
connection to Russia. Maybe the people there are mainly Russian
citizens, while the territory is actually Azerbaijani?
Maybe Evgeny Vinokurov, our Russian enclave expert can help? He does
not list these enclaves in his new book, though.
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, "Peter Smaardijk" <smaardijk@...>
> Thanks, Anton. It is news to me, but I am also a bit skeptical.
> I did found "Uryanoba" (Urjanoba, transliterated from Russian). I
> think "Khrakhoba" is Charachoba, but I'm not sure. The map I used
> the Soviet 100k topomap at http://tinyurl.com/3rjrg4 (Click on the
> link with "1.83 Mb" in the text and fill in the number to download
> it). Urjanoba is a small hamlet just WSW of Chaèmas (with a
> number "3" beneath the name, just NW of the height mark 104.7), and
> Charachoba, which is larger, is the second village on the road out
> Kusarèaj to the coast. Co-ordinates 3913,4593 and 9316,4808,
> respectively. Needless to say that on the map there is no trace of
> border of any sort around these villages.
> The AZ enclave in RU I could not find, but it is difficult
> since place names in this area can be spelled in many different
> depending on them being located in Russia or in Azerbaijan, their
> names being in Russian, in Azeri, in something else, and
> using whatever system, if any, by people that are not always aware
> these linguistic problems. The mentioning of a "Novoaul"
> is just one example in this article: meant is the municipality of
> which Novyj Aul is the centre, and which in Russian would be
> something like Novoaul'skij sel'sovet (Novyj Aul village council).
> Btw, "aul" is the word for "village" across much of the Caucasus
> in Central Asia, so Novyj Aul just means "New Village".
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Anton Zeilinger"
> <anton_zeilinger@> wrote:
> > I found some news about two Russian enclaves in Azerbaijan, and
> > Azerbaijani enclave in Russia:
> > http://www.iwpr.net/?p=crs&s=f&o=344168&apc_state=henh
> > I must admit that I have never heard of these before - are they
> > enclaves? Does anyone have more information? I did not find them
> > Soviet topomaps.
> > Kind regards,
> > Anton