The Bashkir people voluntarily joined Russia in the 16th century… [in 1919] as a result of the realization of the Bashkir people towards self-determination the Bashkir Autonomous Republic was formed as part of the RSFSR… The Republic of Bashkortostan guarantees the preservation and defense of the historic and cultural legacy and the further development of the culture of the Bashkir people and that of other peoples living on the territory of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
On looking it up, I found that the preamble of the Constitution of Tatarstan, where Tatars constitute a bare minority at 53%, has similar phrasing:
This Constitution, expressing the will of the multinational people of the Republic of Tatarstan and of the Tatar people, …
So we have Bashkortostan for the Bashkirs. Tatarstan for the Tatars. Israel for the Jews. Skyrim for the Nords. So why not Russia for Russians?
Why are Russian nationalists supposed to be so evil and demented – if not paid off by the CIA, according to at least one commenter – to want the Constitution of the Russian Federation to actually mention (ethnic) Russians for a change?
Note that the changes that Russian nationalists are tentatively proposing would merely make it into more or less a carbon copy of the Constitutions of the national republics of the two largest non-Slavic minorities in Russia, which make mention of the rights extended to other peoples on their territories:
All Russians [russkie], as well as members of Russia’s other indigenous peoples, independent of their place of birth or residency, have the right to expedited citizenship of the Russian Federation.
Incidentally, even Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Communist Party, has expressed support for mentioning ethnic Russians as the state-forming people in the Russian Constitution. So I guess that makes him a CIA flunky as well.
In a famous article, Yury Slezkine described the USSR as a communal apartment, where each major nationality had a room to itself except Russians who had to make do with squatting in the common areas. This undermined Russian emotional investment into the Soviet project, and this played at least some role in its eventual collapse. The present day Russia merely recreates that situation in miniature. As of today, what do ethnic Russians formally owe their loyalty to? Some entity called the the
RSFSR RF which has no formal obligations to them. Why would anyone want to serve it, at least in a non-mercenary capacity? At least Americans get to pledge loyalty to some abstract ideas of “liberty” and the “pursuit of happiness.” The Russian Federation doesn’t even have that.