Originally Posted by Vysotsky
I was noting the irony of Brits and Yanks abandoning their religion and all of a sudden becoming Tribalists when it pertains to Eurasia. I do find it more practical to call Provodnikov Russian than referring to him as a Mansi from the Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
From memory, think Provodnikov is mixed, part Russian, but considers himself Mansi. They are one of Russia's autonomous people and have no problem supporting him. Actually really respect him for wanting to represent his heritage.
I generally see the caucasus different, as they generally don't seek to be part of the wider country (which is multinational), other than for business interests and leaching off the federal budget. I actually rooted for Ukraine against that set of guys in our national team during the olympics, as I have a lot more in common with the Ukrainian fighters!