- Oct 2013
Yes: get lost with all Your ifs! We've had enough of if. ... Darn! I ment: enough of it!!
To begin with, nor Russia, nor CCCP hadn't had such a strong, programmatic, long term policy of russification.
In both cases, it was more like having periods of russification and places of russification. It was more like "punctual", if You want.
The russification in CCCP was in part a "natural" process: the best way to advance (be it in political, economical or educational field) was learning Russian.Which led to "self-russification". (It's why a good part of Albanian became Muslims for example: not converted by OE, but self-converting for integrating and advancing in OE structures - mainly military).
In the eventuality of a non-communist Russia, it depends a lot on the development of Russia.
A reasonable advance on economic level could have created a tendency of self-russification.
But that could (would?) be countered by the possibility of a growing nationalism, that a more democratic Russia (than the authoritarian Tzarist/CCCP) could not silence.