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RUSSIANS (Russian : русские, _russkiye_) are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Eastern Europe . The majority of Russians inhabit the nation state of Russia
Russia
, while notable minorities exist in other former Soviet
Soviet
states such as Ukraine
Ukraine
, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
, and Belarus . A large Russian diaspora exists all over the world, with notable numbers in the United States, Germany, Israel, and Canada. Russians are the most numerous ethnic group in Europe.

The Russians
Russians
share many cultural traits with their fellow East Slavic counterparts, specifically Belarusians
Belarusians
and Ukrainians as well as with certain South Slavs such as Bulgarians , Macedonians , Montenegrins and Serbs
Serbs
. They are predominantly Orthodox Christians by religion. The Russian language is official in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, and also spoken as a secondary language in many former Soviet
Soviet
states.

CONTENTS

* 1 Ethnonym

* 2 History

* 2.1 Origin * 2.2 Kievan Rus\'

* 3 Population

* 3.1 Russia
Russia
* 3.2 Former Soviet
Soviet
states * 3.3 Diaspora

* 4 Culture

* 4.1 Language * 4.2 Religion

* 5 Notable achievements * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

ETHNONYM

There are two Russian words which are commonly translated into English as "Russians". One is "русские" (_russkiye_), which most often means "ethnic Russians". Another is "россияне" (_rossiyane_), which means "citizens of Russia
Russia
". The former word refers to ethnic Russians, regardless of what country they live in and irrespective of whether or not they hold Russian citizenship . Under certain circumstances this term may or may not extend to denote members of other Russian-speaking ethnic groups from Russia, or from the former Soviet
Soviet
Union. The latter word refers to all people holding citizenship of Russia, regardless of their ethnicity, and does not include ethnic Russians
Russians
living outside of Russia. Translations into other languages often do not distinguish these two groups.

The name of the Russians
Russians
derives from the Rus\' people (supposedly Varangians ). According to the most prevalent theory, the name _Rus'_, like the Finnish name for Sweden
Sweden
(_Ruotsi_), is derived from an Old Norse term for "the men who row" (_rods-_) as rowing was the main method of navigating the rivers of Eastern Europe, and that it could be linked to the Swedish coastal area of Roslagen (_Rus-law_) or _Roden _, as it was known in earlier times. The name _Rus'_ would then have the same origin as the Finnish and Estonian names for Sweden: _Ruotsi_ and _Rootsi_. According to other theories the name _Rus'_ is derived from Proto-Slavic *roud-s-ь ( from *rъd-/*roud-/*rуd- root), connected with red color (of hair) or from Indo-Iranian (ruxs/roxs — «light-colored», «bright»).

HISTORY

See also: History of Russia
Russia

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ORIGIN

Further information: Rus\' people

The modern Russians
Russians
formed from two groups of East Slavic tribes: Northern and Southern. The tribes involved included the Krivichs , Ilmen Slavs , Radimichs
Radimichs
, Vyatiches and Severians . Genetic studies show that modern Russians
Russians
do not differ significantly from Belarusians and Ukrainians . Some ethnographers, like Zelenin, affirm that Russians
Russians
are more similar to Belarusians
Belarusians
and to Ukrainians than southern Russians
Russians
are to northern Russians. Russians
Russians
in northern European Russia
Russia
share moderate genetic similarities with Uralic peoples , who lived in modern north-central European Russia
Russia
and were partly assimilated by the Slavs
Slavs
as the Slavs
Slavs
migrated northeastwards. Such Uralic peoples included the Merya and the Muromians .

Outside archaeological remains, little is known about the predecessors to Russians
Russians
in general prior to 859 AD when the _Primary Chronicle _ starts its records. It is thought that by 600 AD, the Slavs
Slavs
had split linguistically into southern , western , and eastern branches. The eastern branch settled between the Southern Bug and the Dnieper Rivers in present-day Ukraine
Ukraine
; from the 1st century AD through almost the turn of the millennium, they spread peacefully northward to the Baltic region, forming the Dregovich , Radimich and Vyatich Slavic tribes on the Baltic substratum, and therefore experiencing changed language features such as vowel reduction . Later, both Belarusians
Belarusians
and South Russians
Russians
formed on this ethnic linguistic ground.

From the 6th century onwards, another group of Slavs
Slavs
moved from Pomerania
Pomerania
to the northeast of the Baltic Sea , where they encountered the Varangians of the Rus\' Khaganate and established the important regional center of Novgorod
Novgorod
. The same Slavic ethnic population also settled the present-day Tver Oblast and the region of Beloozero . With the Uralic substratum, they formed the tribes of the Krivichs and of the Ilmen Slavs .

KIEVAN RUS\'

Main article: Kievan Rus\'

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*

East Slavic tribes and peoples, 8th-9th century *

Principalities of Kievan Rus\' , 1220-1240. These principalities included Vladimir-Suzdal , Smolensk , Chernigov or Ryazan , annexed by the Duchy of Moscow
Moscow
in 1521 *

Russia's Arctic coastline from the White Sea to the Bering Strait had been explored and settled by Pomors , Russian settlers from Novgorod
Novgorod
*

Terek Cossacks of the north Caucasus
Caucasus
guarded the southern frontier

*

Three generations of a Russian family Kaganovs from Urals, ca. 1910. Photo taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

POPULATION

The percentage of ethnic Russians
Russians
throughout the former Soviet Union according to last censuses.

In 2010, the world's Russian population was 129 million people of which 86% were in Russia, 11.5% in the CIS and Baltic countries, with a further 2.5% living in other countries.

RUSSIA

See also: Demographics of Russia

Roughly 111 million ethnic Russians
Russians
live in Russia
Russia
, 80% of whom live in the European part of Russia, and 20% in the Asian part of the country.

FORMER SOVIET STATES

Main article: Ethnic Russians
Russians
in post- Soviet
Soviet
states _ Ethnic Russians
Russians
in former Soviet
Soviet
Union states in 1994

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DIASPORA

Main article: Russian diaspora

Ethnic Russians
Russians
historically migrated throughout the area of former Russian Empire
Russian Empire
and Soviet
Soviet
Union , sometimes encouraged to re-settle in borderlands by the Tsarist and later Soviet
Soviet
government. On some occasions ethnic Russian communities, such as Lipovans who settled in the Danube delta or Doukhobors in Canada
Canada
, emigrated as religious dissidents fleeing the central authority.

After the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War starting in 1917, many Russians
Russians
were forced to leave their homeland fleeing the Bolshevik
Bolshevik
regime, and millions became refugees. Many white émigrés were participants in the White movement , although the term is broadly applied to anyone who may have left the country due to the change in regime. Lipovans in the Danube delta

Today the largest ethnic Russian diasporas outside of Russia
Russia
live in former Soviet
Soviet
states such as Ukraine
Ukraine
(about 8 million), Kazakhstan (about 3.8 million), Belarus
Belarus
(about 785,000), Latvia
Latvia
(about 520,000) with the most Russian settlement out of the Baltic States which includes Lithuania
Lithuania
and Estonia
Estonia
, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
(about 650,000) and Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
(about 419,000).

Over a million Russian Jews emigrated to Israel
Israel
during and after the Refusenik movements; some brought ethnic Russian relatives along with them. Over a million Russian-speaking immigrants live in Israel, around two-thirds of them Jewish. There are also small Russian communities in the Balkans , including Lipovans in the Danube delta, Central European nations such as Germany
Germany
and Poland
Poland
, as well Russians settled in China
China
, Japan
Japan
, South Korea
South Korea
, Mexico
Mexico
, Brazil
Brazil
, Argentina and Australia
Australia
. These communities may identify themselves either as Russians
Russians
or citizens of these countries, or both, to varying degrees. Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
in Shanghai
Shanghai
(c. 1948), whose 25,000-strong Russian community was one of China's largest

People who had arrived in Latvia
Latvia
and Estonia
Estonia
during the Soviet
Soviet
era, including their descendants born in these countries, mostly Russians, became stateless after the dissolution of the Soviet
Soviet
Union and were provided only with an option to acquire naturalised citizenship. The language issue is still contentious, particularly in Latvia, where ethnic Russians
Russians
have protested against plans to liquidate education in minority languages, including Russian. Since 1992, Estonia
Estonia
has naturalized some 137,000 residents of undefined citizenship, mainly ethnic Russians. 136,000, or 10 percent of the total population, remain without citizenship. Both the European Union
European Union
and the Council of Europe , as well as the Russian government , expressed their concern during the 1990s about minority rights in several countries, most notably Latvia
Latvia
and Estonia
Estonia
. In Moldova
Moldova
, the Transnistria region (where 30.4% of population is Russian) broke away from government control amid fears the country would soon reunite with Romania
Romania
. In June 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
announced the plan to introduce a national policy aiming at encouraging ethnic Russians
Russians
to immigrate to Russia. Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery in Paris, the resting place of many eminent Russian émigrés after 1917

Significant numbers of Russians
Russians
emigrated to Canada
Canada
, Australia
Australia
and the United States
United States
. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn and South Beach, Staten Island in New York City
New York City
is an example of a large community of recent Russian and Jewish Russian immigrants. Other examples are Sunny Isles Beach , a northern suburb of Miami
Miami
, and in West Hollywood
West Hollywood
of the Los Angeles area.

At the same time, many ethnic Russians
Russians
from former Soviet
Soviet
territories have emigrated to Russia
Russia
itself since the 1990s. Many of them became refugees from a number of states of Central Asia and Caucasus
Caucasus
(as well as from the separatist Chechen Republic ), forced to flee during political unrest and hostilities towards Russians.

After the Russian Revolution in 1917, many Russians
Russians
who were identified with the White army
White army
moved to China
China
— most of them settling in Harbin
Harbin
and Shanghai
Shanghai
. By the 1930s, Harbin
Harbin
had 100,000 Russians. Many of these Russians
Russians
had to move back to the Soviet
Soviet
Union after World War II
World War II
. Today, a large group of people in northern China can still speak Russian as a second language.

Russians
Russians
(_eluosizu_) are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People\'s Republic of China
China
(as _the Russ_); there are approximately 15,600 Russian Chinese living mostly in northern Xinjiang
Xinjiang
, and also in Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
and Heilongjiang
Heilongjiang
.

CULTURE

Main articles: Russian culture and List of Russian people
List of Russian people
See also: Category:Russian folk culture . _ Vasilisa the Beautiful _, by Ivan Bilibin
Ivan Bilibin
. Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in _ Narodnye russkie skazki _.

Russian culture originated from that of the East Slavs
East Slavs
, who were largely polytheists , and had a specific way of life in the wooded areas of Eastern and Northern Europe . The Scandinavian Vikings
Vikings
, or _ Varangians _, also took part in forming the Russian identity and state in the early Kievan Rus\' period of the late 1st millennium AD. The Rus\' accepted Christianity from the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
in 988, and this largely defined Russian culture for the next millennium , namely as a synthesis of Slavic and Byzantine
Byzantine
cultures. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Russia
Russia
remained the largest Orthodox nation in the world and claimed succession to the Byzantine
Byzantine
legacy in the form of the Third Rome idea. At different points of its history, the country was strongly influenced by European culture , and since the reforms of Peter the Great Russian culture largely developed in the context of Western culture . For most of the 20th century, Marxist ideology shaped the culture of the Soviet
Soviet
Union , where Russia, i.e. the Russian SFSR , was the largest and leading part.

Russian culture is varied and unique in many respects. It has a rich history and a long tradition in all of the arts, especially in fields of literature and philosophy , classical music and ballet , architecture and painting , cinema and animation , all of which had considerable influence on world culture.

Russian literature is known for such notable writers as Aleksandr Pushkin , Leo Tolstoy , Fyodor Dostoevsky , Anton Chekhov , Vladimir Mayakovsky , Boris Pasternak
Boris Pasternak
, Anna Akhmatova
Anna Akhmatova
, Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky
, Maxim Gorky , Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov
, Mikhail Sholokhov , Mikhail Bulgakov , Andrei Platonov , Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , and Varlam Shalamov . Russians
Russians
also gave the classical music world some very famous composers, including Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries, the Mighty Handful , including Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov . In the 20th-century Russian music was credited with such influential composers as Dmitri Shostakovich , Sergei Prokofiev , Sergei Rachmaninoff , Igor Stravinski , Georgy Sviridov , and Alfred Schnittke .

LANGUAGE

Main article: Russian language _ Russian has official status. Russian is a regional or de facto_ working language

RUSSIAN (русский язык (help ·info ), transliteration : _Russkiy yazyk_, ) is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia
Eurasia
and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of three (or, according to some authorities, four) living members of the East Slavic languages , the others being Belarusian , Ukrainian and Rusyn .

Examples of Old East Slavonic are attested from the 10th century onwards, and while Russian preserves much of East Slavonic grammar and a Common Slavonic word base, modern Russian exhibits a large stock of borrowed international vocabulary for politics, science, and technology. A group of Russian children, 1909. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii .

Russian has palatal secondary articulation of consonants , the so-called _soft_ and _hard_ sounds. This distinction is found in most consonant phonemes and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels , not unlike a similar process in English . Stress in Russian is often described as "unpredictable": it can fall on almost any syllable, and this is one of the difficult aspects for foreign language learners.

Due to the status of the Soviet
Soviet
Union as a super power , Russian gained a great political importance in the second half of the 20th century. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations
United Nations
. All astronauts working in the International Space Station are required to master Russian.

According to data published in the journal «Language Monthly» (№ 3, 1997), approximately 300 million people around the world at the time mastered the Russian language (making it the 5th most popular language in the world by total number of speakers), while 160 million considered Russian their native language (making it the 7th in the world by number of native speakers). The total number of Russian speakers in the world in the 1999 assessment was about 167 million, with about 110 million people speaking Russian as a second language.

Prior to 1991, Russian was the language of international communication of the USSR
USSR
and the most common foreign language taught in schools in the countries of the Eastern Bloc in Central Europe. It continues to be used in the countries that were formerly parts of the Soviet
Soviet
Union, both as the mother tongue of a significant percentage of the population, and as a language of international communication. While for various reasons residents of these countries might be unwilling to openly identify with Russian language, a major sociological study on the Russian language in the post- Soviet
Soviet
states conducted by Gallup, Inc., revealed that 92% of the survey respondents in Belarus, 83% in Ukraine, 68% in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
and 38% in Kyrgyzstan chose Russian-language forms to complete the questionnaire for the survey (most notably, over forms in corresponding national languages).

In the U.S. state of New York in 2009, an amendment to the electoral law was adopted, according to which in all cities in the state having over a million people, all documents related to the election process should be translated into Russian (thus gaining equal status with Spanish, Korean, Filipino, Creole languages and three varieties of Chinese ).

In places of compact residence of immigrants from the countries of the former USSR
USSR
(Israel, Germany, Canada, the United States, Australia, etc.) Russian-language periodicals, radio and television channels are available, as well as Russian-language schools.

RELIGION

Main articles: Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
and Religion in Russia
Russia
Saint Basil\'s Cathedral on the Red Square , Moscow
Moscow
.

As of a 2012 sociological survey on religious adherence, 58,800,000 people or 41% of the total population of Russia
Russia
adhere to the Russian Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
. But other sources gave higher estimates between 63% to over 80% of ethnic Russians
Russians
identify themselves as Orthodox. It has played a vital role in the development of Russian national identity. In other countries Russian faithful usually belong to the local Orthodox congregations which either have a direct connection (like the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
, autonomous from the Moscow Patriarchate ) or historical origin (like the Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
in America or a Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia
Russia
) with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Non-religious Russians
Russians
may associate themselves with the Orthodox faith for cultural reasons. Some Russian people are Old Believers : a relatively small schismatic group of the Russian Orthodoxy that rejected the liturgical reforms introduced in the 17th century. Other schisms from Orthodoxy include Doukhobors which in the 18th century rejected secular government, the Russian Orthodox priests, icons, all church ritual, the Bible as the supreme source of divine revelation and the divinity of Jesus, and later emigrated into Canada. An even earlier sect were Molokans which formed in 1550 and rejected Czar's divine right to rule , icons, the Trinity
Trinity
as outlined by the Nicene Creed , Orthodox fasts , military service, and practices including water baptism .

Other world religions have negligible representation among ethnic Russians. The largest of these groups are Islam
Islam
with over 100,000 followers from national minorities, and Baptists
Baptists
with over 85,000 Russian adherents. Others are mostly Pentecostals
Pentecostals
, Evangelicals , Seventh-day Adventists , Lutherans and Jehovah\'s Witnesses .

Since the fall of the Soviet
Soviet
Union various new religious movements have sprung up and gathered a following among ethnic Russians. The most prominent of these are Rodnovery , the revival of the Slavic native religion also common to other Slavic nations , Another movement, very small in comparison to other new religions, is Vissarionism , a syncretic group with an Orthodox Christian background.

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

Main articles: Timeline of Russian inventions and technology records and List of Russian inventors Yuri Gagarin, first human in space (1961)

Russians
Russians
have greatly contributed to the fields of sports , science and technology , politics , business, and the arts.

In science and technology, notable Russian scientists include Mikhail Kalashnikov (inventor and designer of the AK-47 assault rifle and PK machine gun ), Dmitri Mendeleev , Nikolay Bogolyubov , Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (a founding father of rocketry and astronautics), Andrei Kolmogorov , Ivan Pavlov , Nikolai Semyonov , Dmitri Ivanenko , Alexander Lodygin , Alexander Popov (one of inventors of radio ), Nikolai Zhukovsky , Alexander Prokhorov and Nikolay Basov (co-inventors of laser ), Vladimir Zworykin , Lev Pontryagin , Sergei Sobolev , Pavel Yablochkov , Aleksandr Butlerov , Andrei Sakharov , Dmitry Ivanovsky , Sergey Korolyov and Mstislav Keldysh (creators of the Soviet
Soviet
space program ), Aleksandr Lyapunov , Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky , Andrei Tupolev , Yuri Denisyuk (the first practicable method of holography ), Mikhail Lomonosov , Vladimir Vernadsky , Pyotr Kapitsa , Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
, Ludvig Faddeev , Konstantin Novoselov , Fyodor Shcherbatskoy , Nikolai Trubetzkoy etc.

The first man in space, Yuri Gagarin , was a Russian, and the first artificial satellite to be put into outer space , Sputnik 1 , was launched by the Soviet
Soviet
Union and was developed mainly by Russian aerospace engineer Sergey Korolyov . Vladimir Bekhterev , Russian neurologist and the father of objective psychology

Russian Literature representatives like Leo Tolstoy , Fyodor Dostoevsky , Ivan Turgenev , Anton Chekhov , Alexander Pushkin
Alexander Pushkin
, and many more, reached a high status in world literature . Prominent Russian novelists such as Tolstoy in particular, were important figures and have remained internationally renowned. Some scholars have described one or the other as the greatest novelist ever.

Russian composers who reached a high status in the world of music include Igor Stravinsky , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Dmitri Shostakovich , Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov , Sergei Prokofiev , Modest Mussorgsky , and Sergei Rachmaninoff .

Russian people played a crucial role in the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II
World War II
. Russia's casualties in this war were the highest of all nations, and numbered more than 20 million dead ( Russians
Russians
composed 80% of the 26.6 million people lost by the USSR
USSR
), which is about half of all World War II
World War II
casualties and the vast majority of Allied casualties. According to the British historian Richard Overy , the Eastern Front included more combat than all the other European fronts combined. The Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
suffered 80% to 93% of all of its total World War II combat casualties on the Eastern Front.

SEE ALSO

* Russia
Russia
portal

* All-Russian nation * European ethnic groups * List of Russian artists

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Russian Federation
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Russians
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Soviet
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Cultural sphere of Christian traditions that developed since Early Christianity in the Middle East
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, Eastern Europe , Eastern Africa , Asia Minor
Asia Minor
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Southern India
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