Originally Posted by Maja12
I keep wondering what her ethnic roots are... Not that it is important or anything, I just want to know... Curious... In Belarus, in the last census around 8% declared themselves as Russians... In the past there were more. I know that in the Gomel region, where her grandparents used to live, there are Russian communities... The Russian and Belarussian press have never cleared that out.. they keep having "mini wars" with "her fathers grandma said she is Belarussian" "others said this and that" and the usual stuff, I assume you know what I am talking about - each country wants her to be "theirs"... I did a little browsing on the last name Sharapova... It has Siberian origin, and might be even related to Tatars or to trades with them (the word "sharap" still exists in Turkish and means wine)... So who knows... She may ethnically be Russian or Belarussian... In the chat in Stuttgart a fan asked her, why do you say you are Russian when your parents are from Gomel... And she said because she was born in Russia... She feels Russian... I kind of have a feeling that there must be a reason for it...
Pardon for my blabbering... Just wanted to spill out my thoughts...
in Russia it's more important what you feel about your nationality, because almost everyone has roots from different nations. For instance i'm 1/2 Russian , 3/8 Belorussian and 1/8 Latvian
At the same time i fell myself 100% Russian
Masha's parents consider themselfs Russian, thus Masha is also Russian