Russian Ideology


Cultural Terrorism in Moscow: The Enemies of Classical Art in Russia and their Protectors

A brazen attack by Christian conservatives on an art exhibition in central Moscow evoked measured criticism from the Russian authorities. But their appeal of the attackers to archaic and anti-modern values is only an extreme form of current Russian state ideology.

Destroy at Any Cost: The Political Rationale Behind Russia’s Food Burnings

The Russian government provoked controversy with mass destruction of European food. The government could not allow its counter-sanctions policy to be seen to be failing and is exploiting different attitudes to banned Western products amongst the opposition and the general public.

The Evolution of Anti-Americanism in Russia

There have been four bursts of anti-American sentiment in Russia in the twenty-five years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Kremlin’s propaganda has played a role, but why has it been so successful?

Don’t Overreact to Russia and Its Forty “New” Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Putin’s announcement that Moscow plans to add more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal is troubling mainly because of its political and psychological impact on NATO allies. But it is no cause for alarm.

2016 Elections and the Future of the Russian Liberal Project

The Kremlin believes that participation in elections would mean creating a political alternative that could become dangerous in the future. Alexei Navalny will therefore be barred from the parliamentary campaign in any capacity, but some alternative political outlets for his supporters may emerge

Why the Kremlin Is Shutting Down the Novorossiya Project

Putin has realized that the expansionist project overextended itself; it is now too dangerous to continue beating the war drum. Or perhaps the Russian president simply lost interest in Novorossiya. He has a different game to play now—that of Russia’s “pivot to the East.”

Non-Participation as a Form of Resistance

In a system that requires participation, mere nonparticipation comes across as a sign of foreign political culture to the regime. Even more so, it is a form of resistance.

Stars and Runes: Why the Struggle Against Totalitarian Symbols Doesn’t Mean Victory for Freedom

Old totalitarian practices can reemerge with new symbols, from new directions. And a struggle against the symbols of past unfreedom isn’t enough to protect against a lack of liberty in its latest incarnation.

Closing the Book on Russian Liberals

In order to keep the ranks closed and to sustain the Stockholm syndrome of the fortress’s defenders there must be constant discoveries of “a fifth column” and “national traitors.” That’s the only sense in which Russian authorities need liberals.

Crimea as Part of Russia: First Conclusions

Russia’s problems with Crimea and Crimea’s problems with Russia will only continue to grow.
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