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The number 1,500,000 is the approximate number of the immigrants of the great wave of Aliyah from the USSR and the former Soviet republics during the 1990's and somehow 2000's. The majority of these immigrants are ethnic Jews (the fact that made them possible to immigrate to Israel under the Zionist law of Return), the rest are from partial Jewish ancestry or non-Jewish people married to Jews / people of Jewish ancestry. The number of ethnic Russians in Israel seems to be difficult to estimate, since the official Israeli census doesn't even deal with the ethnic affiliation of the immigrants that are not considered as "Jews", but merely define them as "non-Jewish citizens" 184.108.40.206 (talk) 15:05, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
There's a few questions here. Firstly, those of partial Jewish ancestry are presumably (for the most part) also of partly Russian ancestry, and thus might be considered "ethnic Russians" as much as they are "ethnic Jews." In the second place, several of the countries listed in the sidebar are for "Russian ancestry" rather than "ethnic Russians." I don't see why Israel should be any different. At any rate, certainly there must be some kind of estimate here. Even if 2/3 of the Soviet immigrants are pure ethnic Jews, that'd still leave about half a million with full or partial ethnic Russian ancestry, which would put Israel ahead of Kyrgyzstan. john k (talk) 11:45, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
It's just as you say - "presumably", "some kind of estimate", etc. There are no official or even unofficial data made by some serious research. There's no separate "ethnic Russian" community in Israel, but there's a "ghetto" of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:42, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
It seems like someone added in a bunch of information about religion but without providing more reliable sources for those claims... For example, I couldn't find a proper source or citation for "Islam with over 100,000 ethnic Russian followers" - the citation at the end of this sentence doesn't seem to support this claim, so I suggest finding a better source for it (I couldn't find any that mentions these numbers in relation to "ethnic Russians") or removing it altogether.Rndomuser (talk) 02:13, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
I start with the assumption this article is about Russians as an ethnic group in Europe---do correct me if I'm wrong. How is Alexander II Nikolaevich Russian? The tad of Russian blood he got from Peter III, his distant ancestor and Peter I Alexeyevich 's grandson is overwhelmed by his German ancestry. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:47, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
Lenin may just be the no.1 most famous Russian. He's certainly right up there. Why isn't he in the infobox? Not that I'm a fan, but I've just been going down my list of (in)famous totalitarian dictators and he seems to be the only one from the list of Big Ones not featured in the relevant ethnic group article infobox. What gives? -- Director(talk) 23:20, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
I see Lenin is back, this time joined by other questionable Russians. Confusingly, our article makes the distinction between русские and россияне, but conflates the two groups in the infobox. Is there evidence that Kasparov has any Slavic Russian ancestry? --22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:03, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Most of people in Russia hate Lenin. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:35, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
Mother of Lenin was jewish woman and his father was kalmyk. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:49, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Read Vladimir Lenin#Early life. Lenin's mother was half Jewish (her father was Jewish, and her mother was Swedish-German), so Lenin was only a quarter Jewish and obviously was not religiously Jewish. Lenin's father was ethnically Kalmyk, a Tatar people, although it seems he was culturally Russian. Therefore, Lenin was half Kalmyk, quarter Jewish, quarter Swedish, and quarter German. Like the other great Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin (who was ethnically Georgian), Lenin was not ethnically Russian. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 08:07, 21 November 2013 (UTC)