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Do we have any other Russians?

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Vito Arujau is in the World Junior finals. As many know, Vito's father Vougar Orudjev won Senior World titles for the Soviet Union before emigrating to the United States.

Has the USA ever had any other members of the Russian diaspora medal at the world level?

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3 hours ago, NJDan said:

OK, by Russian, I mean ex USSR. Like many USSR wrestlers, Vougar was not ethnically Russian.

He could still be Russian. Russians do make up a small percentage of the Azerbaijan population. A few years ago, when Vito's brother was wrestling my nephew, I believe they were speaking Russian.

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Vougar is Azeri and speaks Azeri. He may also speak Russian. It' a pretty common second language for people of his age who grew up in the Soviet Union. 

Miron is Abkhazian, same nationality as Denis Tsargush. Not sure what languages he speaks.

as a self-proclaimed 'multinational state', only about 81% of the citizens of the Russian Federation are ethnic Russians or Russian nationals. Meanwhile, only like ~2% of the best wrestlers in Russia are of Russian heritage. In many years, not a single place winner at Russian Nationals is "Russian". Often whether or not someone considers themselves Russian depends on who is asking and why. 

Edited by Jaroslav Hasek

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4 hours ago, Jaroslav Hasek said:

Vougar is Azeri and speaks Azeri. He may also speak Russian. It' a pretty common second language for people of his age who grew up in the Soviet Union. 

Miron is Abkazhian, same nationality as Denis Tsargush. Not sure what languages he speaks.

as a self-proclaimed 'multinational state', only about 81% of the citizens of the Russian Federation are ethnic Russians or Russian nationals. Meanwhile, only like ~2% of the best wrestlers in Russia are of Russian heritage. In many years, not a single place winner at Russian Nationals is "Russian". Often whether or not someone considers themselves Russian depends on who is asking and why. 

Thank you very much. 

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