In the wake of the USSR's collapse, more than 25 million Russians found themselves living outside Russian territory, their status ambiguous. Equally uncertain is the role they will play as a factor in Russian politics, local politics and relations among the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. This volume, prepared under the sponsorship of the Kennan Institute, offers a comprehensive and amply documented examination of these issues.
Part 1 Formation of the Diaspora: The Empire and the Russians - Historical Aspects, R. Levita and M. Loiberg; The Disintegration of the Empire and the Fate of the "Imperial Minority", E. Payin; Russian Minorities - the Political Dimension, R. Abdulatipov; Disintegration Processes in the Russian Federation, L. Drobizheva. Part 2 Life in Diaspora: Russians in Ukraine, E. Golovakha et al; Russians in Moldova, V. Solonar and V. Bruter; Russians in Lithuania, V. Gaidys; Russians in Uzbekistan, S. Nikolaev; Russians in the North Caucasian Republics, G. Soldatova and I. Dementeva. Part 3 Flight from Diaspora: The New Social and Cultural Situation in the Former Union Republics, T. Marchenko; Demographic Issues, V. Mukomel; Migration of Russians from the Former Union Republics, L. Gudkov; Russian Refugees and Migrants in Russia, A. Susokolov; Religious Attitudes and National Identity of Russian Minorities, N. Dinello.