The Decembrists, who were sent into exile in these parts, called Khakassia Siberian Italy. Why is the region in Southern Siberia so similar to the alpine expanses? It’s all about the amazing climate: winter is never too cold, and summer is mild, without sweltering heat. There are more sunny days a year here than in Crimea. It allows growing apricots, watermelons, pears, grapes, eggplants, and other thermophilic crops here.
People are more willing to settle in regions with a favorable climate. The first state on the territory of Khakassia arose in the IV-III centuries BC. The ancient Chinese chronicles called the local inhabitants Dinlins, and their country was called Dinling-go. The Dinlins were replaced by the Turkic-speaking tribe of the Kyrgyz, which ruled these lands, forming the Kyrgyz Kaganate, and fell from the invasion of Genghis Khan. Khakassia became part of Russia much later: only during the reign of Peter the Great.