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.
The Russian word used for citizens of Russia is different from the word for ethnic Russian (see Citizenship of Russia), other languages often do not distinguish these two groups.
The Tsardom of Russia became a multiethnic state in the 16th century (see History of Russia).
(Catholics have on the contrary) Why the Russian people take off their shoes when they come home? Why Russian are bad drivers (it does not only surprise the foreigners, it gives them a shock)?
How is it possible to “buy a driving license” – foreigners do not understand. Why Russia does not have this “middle class” and has a strong stratification of society – people are either very poor or very rich.
Russian-speaking non-Russians) also exists all over the world, with notable numbers in the United States, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.