The population of Russians in Estonia
is estimated at 345,000. Most Russians live in Estonia's capital city Tallinn
and the major northeastern cities of Narva
. Some areas in eastern Estonia near Lake Peipus
have a centuries-long history of settlement by Russians, including the Old Believers
The Estonian name for Russians vene
derives from an old Germanic loan veneð
referring to the Wends
, speakers of a Slavic language who lived on the southern coast of Baltic sea
Prince Yaroslav the Wise
of Kievan Rus'
(Tartu) in 1030, burning down the Ugaunian
A medieval proto-Russian settlement was in Kuremäe, Vironia
. The Orthodox community in the area built a church in the 16th century and in 1891 the Pühtitsa Convent
was created on its site. and "rist" (cross) adopted from East Slavic
.Kahk J., Palamets H., Vahtre S. Eesti NSV ajaloost. Lisamaterjali VII-VIII......