Russian Empire (dark green) and sphere of influence (light green) in 1866
The maximum territorial extent of countries in the world under Soviet influence
Greater Russia is a political aspiration of Russian nationalists and irredentists to retake some or all of the territories of the other republics of the former Soviet Union and territory of the former Russian Empire and amalgamate them into a single Russian state. Some have seen the Soviet Union as effectively being a Greater Russia due to the dominance of Russian political interests in the state. The idea of a Greater Russia has important relevance in modern-day Russian politics, as expanding the Russian state to include Belarus is an important topic in Russian political affairs, as well as the political aspirations of Russian nationalists in the former Soviet Union (especially in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Baltic states) to have their people reintegrated with Russia.
Pirchner, Herman (2005). Reviving Greater Russia?: The Future of Russia's Borders with Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine. University Press of America. ISBN0761832009.|accessdate= requires |url= (help)