Life in Eastern Europe and Western Russia (People and Cultures (Ethnic ad…
Life in Eastern Europe and Western Russia
People and Places
Russia had faced huge challenges after the fall of the USSR.
The economy that was controlled by the communist government has been in decline for many years.
The rise in prices for goods and services has gone up as production slowed down.
The people controlled their own buisnesses and they are called the oligarchs.
Social and Political Changes
Some ethnic groups have wanted to form their own countries.
President Boris Yeltsin was blamed for not solving the problems with the ethnic group the Chechens. Yeltsin resinged and was replaced by President Vladimir Putin.
Putin reduced the power of the oligarchs and had encouraged economic development but he dealt harshly with people who opposed him.
Laws were passed to strengthen penalties against demonstrators, blocking some internet sites, and restricting free speech.
Where People Live
The largest cities in Western Russia are Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the cultural, educational, and scientific capital,
The biggest populations in Eastern Europe are found in capital cities such as Kiev, Minsk,Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague.
Many people lived in rural areas but now people have shifted towards urban areas to get jobs.
In the industrial age people started to move from Eastern Europe to Western Europe and North America. They have moved to escape political oppression and to seek better economic opportunities.
People and Cultures
Ethnic ad Language Groups
Issues in Easter Europe and Western Russia
Earning a Living
Connections:Europe and Asia