Originally Posted by globeman
Thats exactly right they are people from a Region that was conquered by Russians. They are not indigenous to "Russia"
Im sure if they dropped these Slavic Suffixes no one would mistake them for Russians except or the ones that sort of look Russian. Then their names would be Magomed Abdulsulahmamed. WIthout the ov/aev/ev there would be no confusion, sort of like Armenians or Georgians
* Ive a read a few forums where Russia and the Caucasian regions were discussed, im no expert but I have an understanding of whats going on*
They're indigenous to that land, that land is part of the Russian Federation, they're Russian citizens. Use whatever designation for them that makes you happy.