High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! There are currently
around 1.2 million Russians in Belarus, which accounts for 11.4% of
the population of Belarus and builds up the largest national
minority in the country. Many Russian-Belarusians are descendants
of people who migrated to Belarus during the Soviet times, as
technical specialists and military or administrative personnel.
There is also a minor group of Old Believers who settled in Belarus
in the Middle Ages. In early Soviet times the Moscow-appointed
Belarusian government was largely formed from non-Belarusians like
the Panteleimon Ponomarenko or Nikolay Gikalo. There is a large
proportion of ethnic Russians among the current political
leadership around Alexander Lukashenka. Censuses show a constant
decline of the number of people identifying themselves as Russians
in Belarus due to the process of assimilation.
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