In the Soviet Union, If they were countries like Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?
then why are they always referred to as Russians everywhere.
- SpellboundLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
In the West it was just a shorthand used mostly by the news media & ordinary people. The Russian Empire had ruled over all what would become Soviet republics, and only a few had ever been independent - and only a tiny number with the borders given to them by the Soviets (Baltic states & Georgia).
Most academics, politicians and others with an interest in Soviet affairs would call all people of the USSR Soviets - they may then say, a Soviet citizen of Kazakhstan.