Post-Soviet states such as Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Moldova all house large populations of ‘Russian-speakers’. However, the identities and experiences of Russophone groups vary markedly, despite Russia’s efforts to consolidate the identities and actions of its ‘compatriots abroad’. This paper offers a critical framework for understanding the complex identity dynamics among Russian-speakers in post-Soviet states. Ukraine’s porous ethnic and linguistic landscape is contrasted to experiences in the Baltic states, where group identities are more rigidly enforced.
Dr. Ammon Cheskin, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow