About 20 million ethnic Russians inhabit the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States, or the CIS, Konstantin Zatulin, Director of the Institute of CIS Countries and Director of the Center of Humanitarian and Business Cooperation with Compatriots Abroad /the Moscow House of Compatriots/ told a Wednesday press conference in Moscow.
According to his words, about 2 million Russians reside in Belarus, more than 7 million in Ukraine /including 1 million in the Crimea/, and 1.5 million in Uzbekistan.
The number of Russians inhabiting Latvia and Estonia amounts to one-third of their population; Russians constitute 15%-17% of the population of Lithuania.
Zatulin also said the Russian diaspora in Kazakhstan was sharply diminishing.
Besides, according to his account, about 10 million ethnic Russians live in non-CIS countries
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations