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Regions with significant populations
 Belarus 66[1]
 Ukraine 22[2]
local dialect

In historical context, Litvin (Belarusian: літвін, ліцвін, litvin, litsvin; Russian: литвин, litvin, Ukrainian: литвин, lytvyn; Polish: Litwin) referred to Slavic people identifying themselves with the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

The term may specifically refer to ethnic Belarusians[3][4] in historical contexts. In other contexts, it can also refer to Slavic people identifying themselves with the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania in present-day Lithuania and Belarus, as well in Ukraine, western Russia and parts of Poland. In modern Belarus, the term is used by some to stress Belarusian participation and contributions to the former Grand Duchy.[4][5]

Particularly, a Belarusian philologist Francysk Skaryna enrolled into Cracow University as Litvin, but later he enrolled as Rusyn (Ruthenians) into Padua University. Symon Budny is another example of Litvin who also considered himself Belarusian at the same time.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Всеукраїнський перепис населення 2001 | Результати | Національний склад населення, мовні ознаки, громадянство | Чисельність осіб окремих етнографічних груп украінського етносу та їх рідна мова | Результат вибору:". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  3. ^ Вячаслаў Насевіч. Літвіны // Вялікае княства Літоўскае: Энцыклапедыя. У 2 т. / рэд. Г. П. Пашкоў і інш.Т. 2: Кадэцкі корпус — Яцкевіч. — Мінск: Беларуская Энцыклапедыя, 2005. С. 206—208.
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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