Between minority rights and civil liberties: Russia's discourse over “nationality” registration and the internal passport*

  title={Between minority rights and civil liberties: Russia's discourse over “nationality” registration and the internal passport*},
  author={Sven Gunnar Simonsen},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={211 - 229}
  • S. G. Simonsen
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Political Science
  • Nationalities Papers
The registration of citizens' ethnicity (“nationality”) in official documents was commonplace and often obligatory in the Soviet Union, and the practice continued in the Russian Federation through the 1990s. In 1997, the Yeltsin government replaced the Soviet internal passport with a new one not featuring the “nationality” entry. The new document was met with an instant wave of protests from Russia's regions, above all the ethnically defined federal subjects. They objected to the removal of the… 

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