Russians in Turkmenistan

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Russians in Turkmenistan are a minority ethnic group, numbering 297,913 as of 2000 census[1] representing 4% of the population. Most Ethnic Russians migrated to Turkmenistan during the 20th century. A large number of settlements were founded in the north of the country. The Russian population reached its peak just before the breakup of the Soviet Union.[2] Most ethnic Russians live in the capital city of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Significant populations are found in other major cities. The main religion of Russians in Turkmenistan is Russian Orthodoxy.[3]