I drew a thing to illustrate a headcanon (and nyeh why did the first image turn out so much better than the second!!!!!) concerning Ivan and his identity. I got the idea while researching for a seminar I was in where my topic had been the soviet approach to nationality politics.
These headcanons are subject to change of course as I continue to learn about this time period.
The Soviet government was very critical of nationalism as a whole but decided that minority nationalities should be promoted within the socialist system, in order to bind these groups tighter to the idea of socialism and to curb nationalistic movements. “Great Russian Chauvinism” on the other hand was condemned and Great Russian Chauvinists were denounced as oppressors.
Ivan during this time would still be only known as Russia, as the Soviet Union was from its very conception a multiethnic, multinational state. He’d be unsure of where he stands with the government, feeling underappreciated and discarded. He would often travel to remote areas in his country and the union or to countries he has political interest in (like Poland or Germany).
The Soviet Union got a new constitution in this year and Ivan would take up the mantel of Soviet Union - not because that is now a nationality he represents but because Russian nationalism had been rehabilitated over the course of the last few years and the Russian culture/language was to become another unifying link between the people next to socialism. Russia would still be his nation and his secondary title.
Ivan’s role in the government would be redefined and given a lot more importance and respect than it was previously, flattering Ivan and making him feel useful and appreciated once again. This would eventually get a little to his head.