Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Post-Soviet Russian Diaspora

  • Natalya Kosmarskaya
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_26


The term “post-Soviet Russian diaspora” has been widely used both in Russia and in the West to designate millions of Russian and other Russian-speaking residents of Soviet republics who found themselves separated from the historical homeland by the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Historically, these settler communities sprang up in the course of centuries-long colonization by the Russian/Soviet state of every near and distant corner of its imperial periphery. These waves of forced, semivoluntary, and voluntary migration brought to the former Soviet republics millions of people of different social origins, religious affiliations, and ethnicities (e.g., Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Byelorussians, Tartars, Jews, Poles, Armenians, Koreans), all of whom could be called “empire offspring” (Panarin, 1999, p. 61). In this respect, the term Russian-speakers (Russophones), implying an ethnosocial group with shared historical destinies, common roles, interests, and culture, is more...


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