Are Tuvans Mongolians?
Tuvans are mainly descendants of nomadic groups of Turkified Mongols and speak a Turkic language.
Why did Russians come to Tuva?
During the 1911 revolution in China, tsarist Russia encouraged a separatist movement among the Tuvans. Tsar Nicholas II ordered Russian troops into Tuva in 1912, as Russian settlers were allegedly being attacked.
Is Tuva still a country?
Tuva (/ˈtuːvə/; Russian: Тува́) or Tyva (Tuvan: Тыва), officially the Republic of Tuva (Russian: Респу́блика Тыва́; Tuvan: Тыва Республика, romanized: Tyva Respublika [tʰɯˈʋa resˈpʰuplika]), is a federal subject of Russia (a republic, also defined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation as a state).