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Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension
Written by Alexander Podrabinek

Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension

The Ukrainian crisis has once again kindled the flames of Russian separatism—a problem that has plagued the authorities for many years. On August 17, 2014, the so-called “March for the Federalization of Siberia” was supposed to take place in Novosibirsk, but it was forbidden from occurring by the local authorities. All articles covering the issue were retracted upon the request of Roskomnadzor, the Russian state media watchdog. Writer and journalist Alexander Podrabinek discusses which Russian regions have the potential to become breakaways.

 
Soviet Nationalist Dissidents: The Drama of Veche Magazine. Part One
Written by Alexander Yanov

Soviet Nationalist Dissidents: The Drama of Veche Magazine. Part One

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 the new, which will be published in two parts, the author discusses the fates of the dissident faction of the nationalist opposition in USSR, represented by a samizdat magazine titled Veche. It was inspired by the works of Pan-Slavism ideologist Nikolai Danilevsky.

 
The Spread of Russian Chauvinism
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

The Spread of Russian Chauvinism

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.

 
The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia
Written by Boris Bruk

The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia

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.

 
How to Oppose the Kremlin’s Propaganda
Written by Alexander Podrabinek

How to Oppose the Kremlin’s Propaganda

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.

 
The Bolotnaya “Justice”
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

The Bolotnaya “Justice”

On August 18, 2014, the Moscow City Court convicted four defendants in the “second wave” of the Bolotnaya Square case. Alexei Gaskarov and Alexander Margolin each received three and a half years in prison colonies; Ilya Gushchin received two and a half years of imprisonment; and Elena Kokhtareva, who pled guilty, was sentenced to three years and three months suspended. In a special article for IMR, social defender and journalist Dmitry Borko summarizes the results of this politically motivated criminal case.

 
The Resurrection of “Cosmopolitanism” and the Consolidation of the Russian Party
Written by Alexander Yanov

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.

 
Crimea Proves Difficult to Digest
Written by Donald N. Jensen

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.

 
Food Sanctions: Putin on Every Plate
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

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.

 
Russia vs. Ukraine: From Destabilization to Separatism
Written by Alexander Podrabinek

Russia vs. Ukraine: From Destabilization to Separatism

At the end of July, Vladimir Putin signed a law toughening criminal punishments for calls for separatism. According to writer and analyst Alexander Podrabinek, the Kremlin in this way has revealed its fear that the achievements of the Ukrainian separatists might put in motion potentially threatening mechanisms in Russia.