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Russia/Soviet Union or republic subdivision?

Another problem arises when determining which geographic subdivision to use: Russia/Soviet Union or republic (primarily Russia (Federation)). LC practice has been inconsistent when assigning such headings. Other libraries have normally assigned the heading Soviet Union for such individuals, preferring republic subdivision for people who genuinely represent their own nationality. For example, a ballet dancer who worked for the Kirov ballet, dancing around the world and all over the USSR would get the subdivision Soviet Union.

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, this policy has become difficult to continue because of the apparent contradiction of choosing two different areas as the sphere of a single person's activity. For example, the following subject heading array would not occur:

Sometimes differences arise in geographic subdivision, e.g. a biography of Liudmila Alekseeva, a dissident who is also an historian. According to the above rule, as a non-famous person, she would receive the republic subdivision, but in this case, the person also dissented again the Soviet Union, not Russia (Federation). For the sake of consistency, Princeton will opt for the larger place.


Examples:

Former practice:
Fadecheev, Nikolai Borisovich, 1933-
Ballet dancers--Soviet Union--Biography.
Present practice:
Fadecheev, Nikolai Borisovich, 1933-
Ballet dancers--Russia (Federation)--Biography.

Former practice:
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943.
Composers--Soviet Union--Biography.
Present practice:
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943.
Composers--Soviet Union--Biography.
Composers--Russia--Biography.

Former practice:
Sakharov, Andrei, 1921-
Dissenters--Soviet Union--Biography.
Present practice:
No change.

Present practice:
Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich, 1931-
Presidents--Russia (Federation)--Biography.
Politicians--Soviet Union--Biography.

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