Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

How to Oppose the Kremlin Propaganda
20 August 2014
How to Oppose the Kremlin Propaganda

Since early 2014, Russia’s propaganda campaign directed at putting pressure on the few remaining independent media has been picking up steam. The cancellation of the last relatively independent Ren-TV program titled “The Week with Marianna Maksimovskaya" is the most recent example of this campaign. According to writer Alexander Podrabinek, one can oppose the Kremlin propaganda only by widening access to alternative media, therefore creating an independent international TV network broadcasting in Russian could be one possible solution.

 
The Resurrection of “Cosmopolitanism” and the Consolidation of the Russian Party
18 August 2014
The Resurrection of “Cosmopolitanism” and the Consolidation of the Russian Party

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of articles by well-known scholar Alexander Yanov on the history of Russian nationalism in the USSR. In this essay he writes about the consolidation of the right-wing opposition in its struggle against cosmopolitanism and its diminished enthusiasm as a result of the measures taken during the Brezhnev regime that followed.

 
Food Sanctions: Putin on Every Plate
14 August 2014
Food Sanctions: Putin on Every Plate

Last week, the Russian government banned food imports from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and Norway. This initiative has split the already-divided Russian society into two warring camps. Olga Melnikova, a Moscow-based journalist, sums up the discussion currently unfolding in the Russian blogosphere.

 
Crimea Proves Difficult to Digest
14 August 2014
Crimea Proves Difficult to Digest

Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in February sparked a conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists that has drawn in the international community. However, while international focus has shifted away from Crimea and toward the ongoing fighting along Ukraine’s border, Russia still faces challenges in integrating Crimea. Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, discusses how Russia has confronted these challenges and the possible consequences of its responses.