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Rossiyane (Russians) have a common history, share a common Russia-related culture and speak the Russian language (because it is the state language throughout Russia). The word Rossiyane refers to all people holding citizenship of Russia, regardless of their ethnicity, and does not include ethnic Russians living outside of Russia, but include all non-Russians living in Russia. The word Rossiyane is used much more often than Russkie (ethnic Russians) - on television, in politics, in official documents and scientific papers (the word Russkie is only used when talking about ethnicity).
The Constitution of Russia uses the expression "We, the multinational people of the Russian Federation". Russian citizens can declare any ethnicity on a voluntary basis (real ethnicity as well as not real, including "Jedi", "gnomes", "goblins", "elves", "hobbits", "Martians", "Scythians", "Babylonians", "Romans", "Incas" - according to the 2002 Russian Census official statistics). The Constitution of Russia stated "Everyone shall have the right to determine and declare his (her) nationality. Nobody shall be forced to determine and declare his (her) nationality". The Russian word "nationality" means "ethnicity" in English language and doesn't refer to a citizenship. The word "nation" is rarely used in the Russian language. According to 2010 Russian Census, Russia has 194 real ethnic groups.