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In this chapter, émigrés and exiles, emigration and exile are used interchangeably and are seen as relatively synonymous. The Russian émigrés formed a complex of different groupings from within the former Russian Empire. Russian émigrés created an exile community outside the borders of their homeland. Russian émigrés tried to adapt as little as possible to life in their host countries. The gradual emergence of the exile community of Russia Abroad was related to the consolidation of the Soviet Union. The less likely the prospect seemed of returning to a non-Bolshevik Russia, the stronger the sense of an émigré community. The émigré were united in a common interest in Russia, not only for the sake of a united Russia of the future but also for the sake of the construction of a new home abroad, here and now.

Keywords:exile community; Russian émigrés



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