From the 6th century onwards, another group of Slavs moved from Pomerania to the northeast of the Baltic Sea, where they encountered the Varangians of the Rus' Khaganate and established the important regional center of Novgorod.
The same Slavic ethnic population also settled the present-day Tver Oblast and the region of Beloozero.
Under certain circumstances this term may or may not extend to denote members of other Russian-speaking ethnic groups from Russia, or from the former Soviet Union.
The latter word refers to all people holding citizenship of Russia, regardless of their ethnicity, and does not include ethnic Russians living outside Russia.
The ethnic Russians is the one of 194 ethnic groups who live in Russia, according to the 2010 census.
Despite of 80.90% (111,016,896 people) of the population voluntarily declared themself as ethnically Russian, the Constitution declared Russia a multinational (multiethnic) state and named "multinational people of Russia" as a sovereign nation (i.e.
These communities may identify themselves either as Russians or citizens of these countries, or both, to varying degrees.