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The Soviets took a famously extreme view of cotton production, destroying the Aral Sea and hooking the region on a monocrop reliant on coerced labor. Before then cotton had already been grown in the region for thousands of years, but as late as the midth century production was generally limited to smallholdings and workshops that wove cloth for domestic consumption. It was the tsar who first made Central Asia a player in the global cotton trade. His generals conquered the region around the same time as the American Civil War, which had disrupted global supplies. After General Konstantin von Kaufman, the first governor general of Russian Turkestan, seized Tashkent in , he began filing illustrated reports back to St.
To write about young Russian women aka girls is a triple suicide mission: categorizing people by age, nationality and sex is not the most rewarding enterprise. However, we cannot ignore the fact that young Russian women do exist and that they're also the object of intense interest around the world. So let's consider this a kind of anthropological research with a few practical recommendations. Those three photos probably cover the whole range of stereotypes that exist about the Russian girls, so probably it makes sense to verbalize some of those in order to get done with them.