Staunton, November 26 – Sociologist Lyubov Borusyak is survey members of the most recent Russian emigration who have decided to return to Russia. The number of such people is relatively small compared to the more than two million who have left Russia in recent years, and she has turned to the Internet to try to track some down.
The Higher School of Economics scholar recently published a comprehensive studies of why young Russian intellectuals are leaving (“Young Intellectuals: Why They are Leaving Russia and Whether They Intend to Return,” in Russian, Vestnik Obshchestvennykh mneniya 1-2 (128) (2019): 147-160 at levada.ru/cp/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Book-1.pdf
“Over the last century,” Borusyak notes, “there have already been five waves of emigration, each of which has had its own specific characteristics. The first was connected with the 1917 revolution; the second, with World War II. “The third began after the Soviet authorities permitted Soviet Jews, Germans and Pontic Greeks to leave the country to rejoin their families.”