1 January 1980
A file containing documents relating to national minorities in the Soviet Union. Subjects covered in the file include the fate of the Crimean Tatars; changes in the political leadership of Kazakhstan; a Soviet government decree on the nomadic "peoples of the north"; and coverage of the "nationalities question" in the Soviet media. Other subjects discussed in the file include the lack of knowledge in Western countries regarding the Central Asian peoples; the contradictory attitudes of the people of Tajikistan; the complex issue of the Abkhazian people in Georgia; Georgian opposition to Russification; a rapid rise in Armenian emigration to the United States; and discussion of demographic trends in the Soviet Union, with the suggestion that Central Asian peoples could become more numerous than ethnic Russians. Documents in the file include statistics for Soviet emigration to the United States.
georgia ukraine armenia kazakhstan nationalism tajikistan united states of america turkmenistan apartheid byelorussia culture emigration languages muslims nationality race relations statistics soviet union siberia domestic politics demographics international conventions ethnic minorities crimea Soviet press Soviet republics United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Populations and Social Policy Soviet government Christopher Mallaby Douglas Hurd