The Izhorians, along with the Votes are an indigenous people of Ingria. Small numbers can still be found in the Western part of Ingria, between the Narva and Neva rivers in northwestern Russia. The history of the Izhorians is bound to the history of Ingria. It is supposed that shortly after 1000, the Izhorians moved from Karelia to the west and south-west. In 1478, the Novgorod Republic, where Ingrians had settled, was united with the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and some of the Izhorians were transferred to the east. The establishment of St Petersburg in 1703 had a great influence on Izhorian culture. World War II had the biggest impact on Izhorian culture, as devastating battles (Siege of Leningrad) took place nearby. A lot of Izhorians perished in during the World War II, so in honour of Izhorians was named legendary Izhorians's battalion (created of volunteers for the defensive of St-Petersburg). In 1848, P.
Contributions by Khoikhoi, Ruhrjung, and Altenmann.