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Law, Citizenship, and Rights of Non-Russian Nationalities, past and Present

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Citizenship can be considered as membership in a particular nation which is recognized under the tenets of international law. This chapter addresses various approaches and problems involved in the formulation of citizenship laws for Russians and non-Russians; it is an exploration into the development of the laws governing citizen participation and the effect of citizenship laws on national groups in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet era. When the Soviet Union collapsed fifteen states were created out of its carcass, and each one of them had to officially define their nationhood through the citizenship laws. Some of the elites who found themselves at the helm of the new ships of state were lost without directives from the former central government in Moscow.

Keywords: citizenship laws; federal Constitution; international law; post-Soviet era; rights of non-Russian nationalities; Russian Empire; Soviet Union



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