219,000 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 445,200 (2002 census).
Siberia, Republic of Buryatia, east of Lake Baikal, bordering on Mongolia.
5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Buriat Republic (1993, Constitution, Article 68(2)).
Alar, Barguzin, Bohaan, Bokhan, Ekhirit-Bulagat, Ninzne-Udinsk, Oka, Selengin, Tunka, Unga. Less influenced by Russian [rus] east of Lake Baikal; more similar to Mongolia. Literary dialect differs considerably from those in Mongolia and China, which are influenced by other languages. Khori is main dialect in the Russian Federation. Speakers in Russian Federation appear to understand each other well.
Heavily influenced by Russian [rus]. Buddhist (Lamaist), traditional religion.