The Commonwealth of independent states originally encompassed the countries that emerged from the former Soviet Union except the three Baltic countries. It consisted of 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. However Ukraine never ratified the treaty, Turkmenistan discontinued permanent membership in 2005 becoming an associate member instead, and Georgia withdrew from the CIS in august 2008 after the war with Russia.
Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS (CISSTAT)
Social and economic statistical information on CIS countries. Basic information available for free, online shop for electronic and print publications. In English and Russian.
Wikipedia: Commonwealth of Independent States
Hyperlinked encyclopedia article provides a brief history of the CIS group, its members and activities.
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