The name given to a large clan of Gypsies living in Russia and adjoining countries. Their dialect is called Ha-laditko. Many members of the clan consider the term (which means "soldier") pejorative and prefer being called Russian Gypsies.

Historical dictionary of the Gypsies . .

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  • Belarus —    Estimated Gypsy population: 17,500; the census in 2000 counted 11,500. The main groups are Belarussian Roma and Haladitka. The first document referring to Gypsies on the territory of present day Belarus dates from 1501 when Earl Alexander of… …   Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

  • Soviet Union —    Estimated Gypsy population in 1991: over 500,000. For a short time after the success of the 1917 Revolution, the Gypsies in the newly formed Soviet Union were given rights as an ethnic group in exchange for supporting communism. Nomadism was… …   Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

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