And why exactly do we need a "big and strong Russia"? :
We do not want to live under Russian hegemony once more and if a Slavic Union under Russian rule is established we won't be part of it.
@topic: I voted for independence.
Hm, somehow I feel you not like me at all… I NEVER stated that this Slavic Union is should be under Russian hegemony… I thinked they have the most supreme power, to defend this Union from anyone else… Maybe I can tell how I can imagine this Union, if ye interested in it