August 5th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
Translated by Inessa Sinchougova
Putin has been quoted as saying that the collapse of the USSR was the geopolitical tragedy of the century. In this clip, he explains that he meant it not in the sense of an ‘Empire lost’, but that it was truly a humanitarian tragedy for the people of the Soviet Union.
The collapse of the USSR created one of the largest diasporas that exist in the world today – 1 out of every 4 ethnic Russians do not live in Russia itself. Some analysts have even suggested that the numbers of those, who died during the 1990s and early 2000s due to political and social upheaval, as well as military conflict, rivals those lost in Stalin’s 1930s. The amount of those who fled Russia within those decades is estimated to be around 30 million worldwide.
Of course, as people settle in new places, they marry into their hosting nations and have children who no longer speak the language. It may just be that it will never be possible to bring back the majority of those who fled, but if anything will – it is Russia’s continued rise and stability, in an economic sense.