taron_baron t1_j5iw8zk wrote

Meh it's not really about ethnicity here. It's just that these regions are complete backwaters, no one cares about the citizens not because of ethnicity, but just because they are underdeveloped. Rural ethnic Russians are drafted all the same, and state policy toward them isn't much different.

Meanwhile msk and spb are the centers of political power, so they need to maintain a calm population there.