The German minority in Russia, Ukraine, and the Soviet Union was created from several sources and in several waves.
The 1914 census put the number of Germans living in The Russian Empire at 2,416,290.
Today's Russian Germans mostly speak Russian as they are in the gradual process of assimilation.
As such, many may not necessarily be fluent in German.
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