This article is about the East Slavic ethnic group, regardless of country of citizenship.
For all citizens of Russia, regardless of ethnicity, see Citizenship of Russia and Demographics of Russia.
The same Slavic ethnic population also settled the present-day Tver Oblast and the region of Beloozero.
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The Russians share many cultural traits with their fellow East Slavic counterparts, specifically Belarusians and Ukrainians.
They are predominantly Orthodox Christians by religion.
On some occasions ethnic Russian communities, such as Lipovans who settled in the Danube delta or Doukhobors in Canada, emigrated as religious dissidents fleeing the central authority.
After the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War starting in 1917, many Russians were forced to leave their homeland fleeing the Bolshevik regime, and millions became refugees.
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