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On April 26, the Institute of Modern Russia will host a panel titled “The meaning of patriotism in post-Soviet Russia” at the World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) at Columbia University.



The topic of patriotism has become increasingly popular in Russia, especially considering that Russian authorities actively exploit and propagate patriotic themes in fulfilling the goals of the regime. In this context, research on patriotism and its manifestations in modern Russian society has come to be more relevant and timely. In order to establish how the Russian public understands patriotism today, IMR launched a research project dedicated to this phenomenon.

As part of this project, IMR has organized a panel discussion titled “The meaning of patriotism in post-Soviet Russia.” The panel will take place on April 26 at the World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) at Columbia University.

IMR President Pavel Khodorkovsky will serve as chair of the panel, with Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, participating as discussant.

Papers will be presented by:

  • Alexander Semyonov, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg;
  • Ilya Gerasimov, Executive Editor of International Quarterly Ab Imperio;
  • Boris Bruk, IMR Advisor.

Alexander Semyonov will present his paper dedicated to issues surrounding the imperial revolution and citizenship in early 20th century Russia. Ilya Gerasimov’s paper focuses on contemporary views of Russian history, which, in many cases, has become “the patriots’ last resort” in Putin’s Russia. Boris Bruk will discuss the results of IMR’s research on patriotism in modern Russia. In particular, his paper will include findings from a nationwide poll that was developed by IMR in collaboration with the Levada Center and conducted in February 2014.

ASN is the only scholarly association dedicated to the study of ethnicity and nationalism in Europe and Eurasia. The Association boasts a membership of hundreds of individuals from over 50 different countries. This year’s Convention will host over 150 panels. The convention program is available on the ASN website.