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New The modern name Russia did not come into use until 15th century.
The tsars and tsarinas had "Russification" programs in Ukraine to make them more Russian. According to my father, even our family name which originally ended in an "o" and was required to an end in an "a" to make it sound Russian. So, yeah. Saying Little Russia fits right in to that plan.

You can call the Basques Spaniards. But, the Basque culture is older.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Belarus also suffered.
Also a former part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Belarus was subjected to an intense "de-Polanization" program.

During the Soviet era Belarusian cuisine was banned. Cooks were commanded to come up with a new Belarusian cuisine based only on the crudest peasant products. Today, some effort is being made to restore the old cuisine, but now it has to compete with Italian, Chinese and other cuisines the people are interested in.
New It's amazing how the Soviets succeeded.
I ran into a lady serving food samples at Costco in Charlotte a few years ago. The Russian sounding accent and flash of a stainless steel tooth made me ask her where she came from. It was Kazakhstan. So, I told her that originally I came from Ukraine. Well, she said, we're all the same people.

Back in July on a camping trip I was registering for a site a Colorado State Park. So, the college age park office attendant asks me "What kind of last is yours?" It's Ukranian I told him. "Wow", he said, "my parents and I used to live in Kiev and we're Ukranian!" But, then he told me his family only spoke Russian! As I left, he said goodbye in Russian and I smiled and replied goodbye in Ukranian. :)
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Yes, except in the Balkans.
Those folks will be slaughtering each other 'till the end of time.
New The religious differences are deeper.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New The "foreign language" in Kiev for 4th class was Ukrainian. The "official" language was Russian.
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
     I know LA is huge, but stay safe AG. - (Another Scott) - (11)
         No apparent problem here. - (Andrew Grygus) - (10)
             The three bottles: - (malraux) - (1)
                 Sorry, scientifically impossible.. - (Ashton)
             I must correct you. She was Ukrainian not Russian. - (a6l6e6x) - (7)
                 Yes, I was quite aware of that . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (6)
                     The modern name Russia did not come into use until 15th century. - (a6l6e6x) - (5)
                         Belarus also suffered. - (Andrew Grygus) - (4)
                             It's amazing how the Soviets succeeded. - (a6l6e6x) - (3)
                                 Yes, except in the Balkans. - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                                     The religious differences are deeper. -NT - (a6l6e6x)
                                 The "foreign language" in Kiev for 4th class was Ukrainian. The "official" language was Russian. -NT - (mmoffitt)

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