Between the 6 and 9 July 2021 Assist. Prof. Yelis Erolova, PhD, participated in the International academic online forum “XIV CONGRESS OF ANTHROPOLOGISTS AND ETHNOLOGISTS OF RUSSIA”, organized by the Association of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia, National Research Tomsk State University, N.N. Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In her presentation in English on “A Modern Tale about Vardun’s Gypsies”, the researcher draws attention to the active interactions and mutual assistance between the emigrants and their relatives left-behind in the village, who, even separated, manage to maintain emotional closeness and family cohesion, to improve their material well-being and social security, to strengthen their self-awareness of belonging to the local community, and to empathize with its development.