"It's impossible to break our friendship forever, / We are strung on a single thread" - as Tukay wrote. It is amazing how a young man could feel and so accurately and simply speak about the centuries-old history of our Russian-Tatar family. As in any family, there was everything: quarrels, mutual discontent, and moments of unity. So it is in our village, Shuran. There is a Russian street, and there is a Tatar one. And so it has been since ancient times.
Even during feudal times, this unity was not broken. So, do you think why, even though Valera was mischievious, we never refused him anything? After all, if not for their Timofeev family, it is still unknown who we would be now. Our families are connected by centuries-old friendship. Everyone knows that Kazan fell in 1552. While not immediately, over time, they began to forcibly convert Tatars to the Orthodox faith. This eventually reached our village of Shuran. People in the village were resentful, because since ancient times, in the Kazan Khanate, according to the precepts of our Bulgarian ancestors, all peoples lived in peace and harmony, regardless of faith. And now, having learned that the commission with the priests was already close, the inhabitants decided to play a trick. I don't know who first thought of this trick.
The Tatars have a proverb "Khaylәsez dnya faydasyz" ("A world without cunning is not interesting"). Yes, and the Russians having a saying about the Tatars: "The woman from Astrakhan is more cunning than even the cunning, wise woman of Kazan." When the commission for new baptisms entered the village, they didn't find anyone on our street in Tatar houses. I don't know how the Russians explained their absence: maybe the Tatars hid in the forest, because the forest was close, or maybe, for greater conviction, they branded the Tatars cowards and "dark people." No matter what they invented, the priests left the village without baptizing anyon. Not right away, but a few days later, Tatar families began to leave and return home from the cellars, cribs and closets of Russian houses. To this day, both Orthodox Russians and Muslim Tatars live in Shuran. The Timofeev family hid our family. This is how the friendship between the Russian and Tatar families of the village was held together forever. Never forget that."