My research was featured in Monkey Cage from 3 December 2015: Do Crimeans see themselves as Russian or Ukrainian? It’s complicated.
I argue, following my journal article in Social Science Quarterly, understanding identity in Crimea needs a more nuanced analysis beyond “ethnic Russian” and “ethnic Ukrainian” categories, to consider what it meant to be Russian in Crimea, in the period preceding Russia’s annexation of the peninsula in February 2014.
Rather I construct 5 different categories to conceptualize how respondents self-identified, and situated themselves vis-a-vis Ukraine and Russia:
- Discriminated Russians
- Ethnic Russians
- Political Ukrainians
- Ethnic Ukrainians
As a follow up, I wanted to deal with a question I get asked a lot about the numbers within each category. The chart below shows the distribution of each category, however I’m hesitant to make much of these numbers given the small sample size.
One thing to take away, however, is that the numbers show the majority of ethnic Russians did not identify as discriminated while a similarly large group identified not ethnically, but politically as Ukrainian.