There has been a substantial population of Russians in Kazakhstan since the 19th century. Although their numbers have been reduced since the breakup of the Soviet Union, they remain prominent in Kazakh society today. Russians formed a plurality of the Kazakh SSR's population for several decades. In 1959, they represented 42.7% of the republic's population whereas ethnic Kazakhs made up 30%.
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