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Soviet, Soviets

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:
            Ukrainian, Kazakh, Uzbek, etc.

See also: Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.).