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* Dmitri Vasilyev of Astrakhan State University recently hypothesized that the Khazars moved in to the Pontic steppe region only in the late 6th century, and originally lived in Transoxiana.
According to Vasilyev, Khazar populations remained behind in Transoxiana under Pecheneg and Oghuz suzerainty, possibly remaining in contact with the main body of their people.
D. Ludwig claims that Khazars were driven out of the region by the rising Hephthalites.
In September 2008, Vasilyev reported findings in Samosdelka that he thought represented a medieval Jewish capital.
Dr Simon Kraiz, an expert on Eastern European Jewry at the University of Haifa, pointed out that no Khazar writings have been found: " We know a lot about them, and yet we know almost nothing: Jews wrote about them, and so did Russians, Georgians, and Armenians, to name a few.
But from the Khazars themselves, we have nearly nothing.

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