|Do not use Soviet alone as a noun for the former Soviet Union or for
an individual. Soviets (in the plural) is acceptable for the government
or its people. Soviet is the NGS preferred adjective form.
A Russian is a citizen of the Russian Federation or former Russian
Republic. Be specific when the people of other parts of the Commonwealth
of Independent States or the former Soviet Union are meant:
Kazakh, Uzbek, etc.
See also: Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.).