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The Russian people are an ethnic group of the East Slavic peoples, primarily living in Russia and neighboring countries.

The English term Russians is used to refer to the citizens of Russia, regardless of their ethnicity ; in Russian, the demonym Russian is translated as rossiyanin , while the ethnic Russians, are referred to as russkiye . According to the 2002 census, ethnic Russians make up about 80% of the population of Russia

The modern Russian ethnicity is formed from two groups made up in past of Kriviches, Ilmen Slavs, Radimichs, Vyatiches and Severians East Slavic tribes. Genetic studies show that modern Russians do not differ significantly from Poles or Ukrainians. Some ethnographers, like Zelenin, affirm that Russians are more similar to Belarusians and Ukrainians than southern russians to northern russians. Russians in northern European Russia, however, also share moderate genetic similarities with Finno-Ugric peoples,, who lived in modern north central European Russia and who were partly assimilated by the Slavs as the Slavs migrated northeastwards. Among those peoples were Merya and Muromian.

Wikipedia, Russian, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russians (as of Apr 7, 2010)

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