Speaking at the UN, Erzyas’s Elder, Sires Bolyayan, stressed that North Ossetia, Buryatia, Tuva, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chukotka and the Idel-Ural region have the highest war casualties per thousand inhabitants. 2/3
According to him, Moscow is deliberately bringing national republics to decline. Young people who live in those regions have to serve in the army or police to earn money.
Russia uses rhetoric about protecting minorities only to seize foreign lands. 3/3
Great discussion of this issue here: http://romaninukraine.com/fascinating-thread-on-minorities-in-the-russian-military/