Dear friends, we continue to post articles in the blog of Manuela Fritzl about Russia at Protected content
This time Manuela writes about ethnocultural fact - a large German population in Russia since 16 century.
"The earliest mentions of German settlement in Russia dates back to the Grand Prince of Moscow Vasili III Protected content , who allowed craftsmen and traders to settle in the so-called German quarter in Moscow. They were welcomed because of their specific skills and knowledge and soon the population extended to other areas in Russia. The next big wave of German settlers came after an invitation from Tsarina Catherine II, who herself had German origins and wanted to use the settlers skills to further advance her empire. After her official invitation in Protected content foreigners came to Russia as they were promised food and land."