Tag: ethnic Russians

Attitudes in Ukraine toward Russia, Russians Divide along Regional Lines

October 6, 2014

Staunton, October 3 – Despite the Russian invasion, approximately half of all residents of Ukraine continue to have a generally positive view of Russia and Russians, but their attitudes vary among regions with those in the predominantly ethnic Ukrainian west having more negative attitudes and those in the more heavily ethnic Russian east more positive […]

Russian Ministry Wants to Increase Number of People Working on Nationality Issues from 40 to 70

October 2, 2014

Staunton, October 1 – When Vladimir Putin abolished the regional affairs ministry and transferred responsibility for nationality policy to the ministry of culture, he reassigned 40 officials from the one to the other. But now, the Russian Federation culture ministry says it needs 30 more and a deputy minister to oversee them. These numbers highlight […]

Ethnic Russian Share of Population Falling Rapidly in Siberia’s Non-Russian Regions

September 4, 2014

Staunton, September 3 – While ethnic Russians form roughly the same share of the population of Siberia that they did 20 years ago, they form smaller fractions in five non-Russian territories there, the result of local growth and Russian flight, according to a new study of ethnic challenges to Moscow east of the Urals. In […]

Verkhovna Rada Says Moscow Must Treat Ukrainians in Russia the Way It Wants Kyiv to Treat Russians in Ukraine

June 23, 2014

Staunton, June 22 – Two-thirds of the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada have voted for a declaration calling on the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament to focus on Moscow’s violation of the rights of ethnic Ukrainians living in the Russian Federation and stating that bilateral ties will depend on […]

Unless Ethnic Russians Have Autonomy, Russian Federation Will Disintegrate, Moscow Analyst Says

June 8, 2014

Staunton, June 7 – Unless Moscow gives territorial autonomy to ethnic Russians and ends as much as possible inter-regional transfers of government spending, the Russian Federation “in the near future” will explode in “a civil war analogous to the Ukrainian one” and “inevitably “disintegrate,” according to Mariya Butina. In a post on Ekho Moskvy, the […]

Kaliningrad’s Drift toward Europe Shows What Happens to Russians Cut Off from Russia, Nationalist Commentator Says

May 15, 2014

Staunton, May 15 – Separatist and pro-German sentiment among ethnic Russians in Kaliningrad reflects not only German revanchist efforts but the threat of “the alienation of young from the Russian world” if they are “cut off” for a lengthy period from Russia and if Moscow acts as if “’there are no problems’” with such people, […]

Cemilev Says FSB Thinking About New Deportation of Crimean Tatars

April 19, 2014

Staunton, April 19 – In a demonstration of principled toughness, Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars and a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, has very publicly returned to his homeland after declaring that he remains a Ukrainian citizen and that some in Moscow are thinking about a new deportation of his people. […]

Three Post-Crimea Moves on the Russian Federation Nationalities Front

April 18, 2014

Staunton, April 15 – That Russia’s Anschluss of Crimea has re-ordered the international landscape is now common ground as countries around the world recalibrate their foreign policies in the face of what appears to be a fait accompli. But this annexation is also having a dizzying impact on the Russian Federation’s own nationalities. Indeed, in […]

Putin’s Three-Fold Challenge to the International System

April 9, 2014

Staunton, April 9 – It is now common ground that Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea represents a revision of the 1991 settlement involving the end of the USSR, with some portraying this as an indication that “Russia is back” and others viewing it as the kind of revanchism that inevitably threatens the international system. But […]

Astana Shifting Ethnic Kazakhs to Northern Kazakhstan to Block Any Russian Threat

April 4, 2014

Staunton, April 4 – In the wake of Putin’s Crimean Anschluss, according to some Kazakhstan news sources, the government of that country plans to shift 300,000 ethnic Kazakhs to the still predominantly ethnic Russian northern portions of Kazakhstan to block any Moscow effort to undermine that country’s territorial integrity. Kazakh officials have denied the specifics […]