Did 20% of the Soviet Population use a Latin script in 1935?
The literacy campaigns in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1940 taught many people to read. Many people who did not speak Russian had no alphabet for their language, so appropriate alphabets were devised for these populations. Before 1940, most of these new alphabets used Latin letters.
This non-peer reviewed article about Soviet language policy says that about 36 million people used Latin letters in 1935. Is this accurate, or is it an exaggerated claim? Another website says the Soviet population was 170 million, corresponding with about 20%.
Was 20% of the Soviet Population using a non-Cyrillic script in 1935? Is that possible?