This is the last issue of Pro et Contra. The journal will no longer be published in the format known to its readers for many years. The last issue continues—and concludes—with the scenarios of Russia’s development. This time, the authors analyze the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on the country’s future.
The problems of Russian nationalism—nationalist sentiments among the Russian people and pertinent government policies—are especially relevant in view of the policy of protecting “ours” in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
During the past year the Russian state has made new important overtures to the Russian Orthodox Church, and official rhetoric has grown increasingly similar to that of the Church.
Since they gained independence over two decades ago, all of the Central Asian states have successfully created new national identities. Despite the similarity of their political regimes, the countries of Central Asia differ in a number of areas—relations among them are not always friendly, and their foreign policies are guided by different factors.
Moscow is home to Russia’s gigantic government apparatus and the headquarters of its largest business companies. It is a sprawling metropolis that contains a growing number of new residents.
The growing uncertainty surrounding Russia’s future, even in the short-term, has motivated the participants of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s “Russia-2020” project to resume work on a range of predictive scenarios and to extend the timeline until 2025.
There is a growing and irreparable rift between the government and its most modernized Russian constituencies. Relations and interactions between Russians who are more and less modernized will define the country's future development.
A united Europe faces challenges beyond the eurozone crisis and the Greek meltdown: citizens are increasingly raising their voice against the expectation that they should sacrifice their own well-being for the sake of a phantom solidarity.
In the wake of the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of Soviet communism, the authors of this issue examine aspects of post-Soviet development, including public opinion, the economy, and the state, and how they have evolved over the course of the past twenty years.
While new nation- and state-building processes in the former Soviet Union draw opportunistically on their Soviet heritage, a new nationalism is bringing the states of the region inexorably further from each other and their shared past.
Participants of “Russia-2020” project continue to explore the factors that shape Russia’s development, the various crossroads that lie ahead, and the risks that Russia may face.