Russian Expansion

Russian Expansion, 1533-1896
Russian Expansion, 1533-1896

Like their counterparts in Western Europe, the Russian people spent much of the second millennium colonizing foreign lands and peoples, often in deliberate genocide. The Russian empire in Central and Northern Asia includes the traditional homelands of the Tatars, Yakuts, Komi, Chuvash, Buryats, Altaians, and many other indigenous peoples. Today, the ethnic Russians outnumber all of the native peoples in Siberia except in the Republic of Tuva. The Buriat make up only 25% of the population in their own land, the Sakha and Altai each are only one-third, and the Chukchi, Evenk, Khanti, Mansi, and Nenets are outnumbered by non-natives by 90%.


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