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Yakutia (Russian: Яку́тия, yah-KOO-tee-yuh), also known as the Republic of Sakha, is located in the Russian Far East, and is notable for being the largest subnational governing body by area. Yakutia covers an area of more than three million square kilometres, representing about eighteen (18%) percent of the Russian Federation, and making it roughly the size of India, despite having a population smaller than that of the US state of Rhode Island. The Republic's capital is Yakutsk.

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Yakutia, or Sakha as it’s known to its indigenous locals, is named after the Yakut (Sakha) people who are remotely related to Turks. While most of Sakhas are, at least nominally, Orthodox Christians there are still many remnants of their ancient religion, Tengriism (a tyoe of sun-worship with shamanistic practices). Other aspects of indigenous Sakha culture have recently started going through a revival.

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Yakutia extends over three time zones: UTC+9, +10, and +11, with the capital Yakutsk lying in UTC+9.

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Native language of Sakha people is Sakha, which is a Turkic language, but Russian is by far the most common language, as Sakha is spoken by only about a quarter of the population.

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