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
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed