The article below is fascinating and maybe not all that far-fetched. “Russia” is an empire, and the Soviet Union was the same empire with a different ideology. Now, the numerous regions/ethnic enclaves contained within this amalgam are building their own identities. Without the tsar’s tyranny or Stalin’s reign of terror to keep it in check, regionalism is making headway, even (interestingly) in the St. Petersburg region which is now apparently openly using the name Ingria, familiar to Finns and Swedes. At the very end of the article, Finland is used as the prototype for this process. Interesting times.
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