Ulaanbaatar’s Dwindling Russian Diaspora



[An article and photo story for EurasiaNet.org on Ulaanbaatar’s dwindling Russian population. Many people know little of Mongolia’s soviet connected past and even less about several waves of Russians that emigrated to Mongolia over the years. Today, as  Russia’s influence over the former Soviet Satellite State fades, the few ethnic Russians and their descendants who remain, ponder their identity and future in Mongolia]

Mongolia: Russians Hang on Through Post-Soviet Change

On a chilly morning recently, workers in Ulaanbaatar dislodged Mongolia’s last statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin from the downtown plinth where it had stood since 1954. A small group watched as the city’s new mayor recalled the repression that marked the communists’ years in power and denounced Lenin and his followers as “murderers.”