- Russians in China
group= Russians in China
Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Harbinand other areas.
langs=Chinese, Russian, Uyghur
rels=Eastern Orthodox, others
Russians in China (zh-sp|s=俄罗斯族|p=Éluósī-zú) form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the
People's Republic of China. They are the descendants of Russians who settled in China, and hold Chinese rather than Russian citizenship.
The first Russians recorded to have settled in China were the Albazin Cossacks who joined the Manchu imperial guard in 1685. Significant immigration began in
1897with the construction of the China Far East Railwayand increased after Russia's October Revolution. In the years after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, many Russians either emigrated to Australia, Southeast Asia, or were repatriated to the Soviet Union; only a minority remained behind in China.
There is a district of Beijing known as
Russiatown. It is settled primarily by Russian tradesmen from Siberia. The focal point of the district is a large market. Business signs are mostly in Russian and written in the Cyrillic alphabet, a surprise to many tourists.
Prominent Russians in China
Chiang Fang-liang, the First Ladyof the Republic of Chinain 1978-88
* Nikolai Lunev (卢尼奥夫·尼古拉·伊万诺维奇), deputy to the tenth
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
China Far East Railway
Chinese Eastern Railway Zone
* [http://www.vuthan.com/Master/OutFile/NewsOutFile/News_8249.htm Zdravstvuyte, China]
* [http://www.orthodox.cn/news/040909xinjiang_en.htm Security service investigation followed Orthodox priest's deportation]
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