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The rural areas are populated almost entirely by ethnic Estonians, except for Lake Peipus coast, which has a long history of Old Believers communities.In 2011, University of Tartu sociology professor Marju Lauristin found that 21% were successfully integrated, 28% showed partial integration, and 51% were unintegrated or little integrated.The beginning of continuous Russian settlement in what is now Estonia dates back to the late 17th century when several thousand Russian Old Believers, escaping religious persecution in Russia, settled in areas then a part of the Swedish empire near the western coast of Lake Peipus.In the 18th century after the Great Northern War the territories of Estonia divided between the Governorate of Estonia and Livonia became part of the Russian Empire but maintained local autonomy and were administered independently by the local Baltic German nobility through a feudal Regional Council (German: The second period of influx of Russians followed the Imperial Russian conquest of the northern Baltic region, including Estonia, from Sweden in 1700–1721. This forum covers New York, NY local community news, events for your calendar, and updates from colleges, churches, sports, and classifieds. Give us your feedback on government issues or coverage from TV stations and Radio networks in your area. Since 1992, our mission has been to help individuals, couples and families create healthy, fulfilling relationships that can last a lifetime.The authorities carried out repressions against many prominent ethnic Russians activists and White emigres in Estonia.After Germany attacked the Soviet Union in 1941, the Baltics quickly fell under German control.
Although Estonia has a 300-year old history of small-scale settlement by Russian Old Believers along Lake Peipus, more that 95% of present-day Russians in Estonia are first-generation migrants and their immediate descendants who arrived in violation of the international law during the Soviet occupation of Estonia between 19.Under Russian rule, power in the region remained primarily in the hands of the Baltic German nobility, but a limited number of administrative jobs was gradually taken over by Russians, who settled in Reval (Tallinn) and other major towns.A relatively larger number of ethnic Russian workers settled in Tallinn and Narva during the period of rapid industrial development at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.In the aftermath of World War I Estonia became an independent republic where the Russians, comprising 8% of the total population among other ethnic minorities, established Cultural Self-Governments according to the 1925 Estonian Law on Cultural Autonomy.The country remained annexed to the Soviet Union until 1991, except for the period of Nazi occupation between 19.