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Post-Soviet Transnational Urban Communities: Institutions, Networks and Discourses (2015-2016)

Field of study: Ethnology

Large groups of emigrants have been leaving former Soviet space since the late 1980s and during almost the entire post-Soviet period, heading for the different EU countries for permanent residence. This wave of emigration led to an increase in the number of so-called Russian-speaking communities in these countries. In the past few years, processes of construction of the transnational urban communities among emigrants from the post-Soviet area have been of an increasingly greater topicality. Now translocal networks emerge too. Thus the paper is focused on the process of transnationalization and translocalization of the post-Soviet Russian-speaking urban communities by the example of Odessites, Leningraders/St. Petersburgers1 and Bakuvians. The main goal was to understand, explain and
describe this process.

Keywords: urban anthropology, Soviet studies, migration, diaspora, post-Soviet studies

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