Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

The Fear of Responsibility
11 September 2014

On September 8, 2014, the preliminary results of the investigation into the recent crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over Donetsk, Ukraine, were published by the Netherlands commission assembled for the task. Moscow-based journalist Olga Melnikova comments on Russia’s reactions to the findings.

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The Lessons of the First World War, or Why Putin’s Regime Is Doomed
05 September 2014

Started 100 years ago, the First World War was one of the deadliest and most extensive military conflicts in the history of humankind. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, four empires ceased to exist, and new ones sprang into being in the aftermath of this war. Its echoes reverberate even to this day. The distinguished scholar Alexander Yanov reflects on the lessons of WWI.

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Soviet Nationalist Dissidents: The Drama of Veche Magazine. Part 1
29 August 2014

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, which will be published in two parts, the author tells the story of a dissident faction of the opposition nationalist wing—represented by Veche, a samizdat magazine—and Nikolai Danilevsky, the Pan-Slavism ideologue who became the torch-bearer for this movement.

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The Spread of Russian Chauvinism
28 August 2014

The most recent public polls in Russia show an unprecedented increase in patriotism and support for president Vladimir Putin’s policies. At the same time, there is growing intolerance toward the opposition and hostility toward Western counties. Olga Melnikova, a Moscow-based journalist, observes that, under the influence of propaganda, many Russians seem to have developed something akin to Stockholm syndrome in their relationship to the government.

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The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia
27 August 2014

The results of several recently published public opinion polls have shown that Russia’s reputation abroad has drastically worsened. According to sociologists, this change has been caused by Russia’s aggressive policies toward Ukraine. At the same time, IMR advisor Boris Bruk notes, public sentiment inside Russia has moved in the opposite direction.

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How to Oppose the Kremlin’s Propaganda
20 August 2014

Since the beginning of 2014, the Kremlin’s campaign to put pressure on the country’s remaining independent media has picked up steam. The cancellation of the last relatively independent program on the Ren-TV channel, Week with Marianna Maksimovskaya, is the most recent example of this ongoing campaign. According to writer Alexander Podrabinek, the only way to oppose the Kremlin’s propaganda is by increasing access to alternative media and creating international TV channels that broadcast in the Russian language.

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

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.

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Food Sanctions: Putin on Every Plate
14 August 2014

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.

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Ukrainian Refugees: Between Propaganda and Reality
15 July 2014

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees fled to Russia as a result of military operations in the southern and eastern Ukraine. As the Kremlin manipulates the refugees factor in its propaganda campaign against Ukraine, the real scale of the problem remains unclear. Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya discusses the current situation.

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The Young Guard, or “Russification of the Spirit” Part 2
09 July 2014

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 second part of his essay on right-wing dissidents, Yanov examines an article titled “Inevitability” by “Young Guardsman” Victor Chalmaev that sparked heated debates in every ideological circle of the time.

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