Staunton, July 10 – Russian nationalists often bewail the demise of the Soviet Union, but a close examination of the demographic situation across Eurasia shows, a Russian nationalist commentator says, that ethnic Russians would be in a far worse position now if the USSR still existed and that 50 percent of the soldiers in a Soviet army today would be Muslims.
On the radical nationalist site Ronslav.com, a Russian nationalist blogger argues that other Russian nationalists should consider the situation they would be in if the USSR had not disintegrated 22 years ago because if they do, they will be far less interested in any restoration of that state (ronsslav.com/esli-by-sssr-ne-raspalsya/).
Drawing on figures published by the reputatable Demoscope weekly, the blogger notes that according to the 1989 census, ethnic Russians formed 51 percent of the Soviet population, and together with the other Eastern Slavic nationalities (Ukrainians and Belarusians) formed 69 percent of the total. (See demoscope.ru/weekly/ssp/sng_nac_89.php
What that means is that had the USSR survived, the ethnic Russians would currently form only 43 percent of the population, down from 51 percent in 1989, and the Eastern Slavs as a group would form 62 percent of the total, again down from the 69 percent at the end of Soviet times (demoscope.ru/weekly/ssp/sng__tfr.phpdemoscope.ru/weekly/ssp/sng_rni.php