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This e-book deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the intense correct in Russia. Nationalism now extends all through all of the country and cannot be noticeable as a phenomenon limited to the margins of society. This research rejects the translation that knows Kremlin-backed patriotism as easily a part of a fascist pattern in Russia and as a rapprochement among the political professionals and the extraordinary correct. A simplistic research of this sort of paradoxical phenomenon addresses neither the fundamental factor of social consensus nor that of the inherent dating among nationwide id and citizenship.

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This group subscribes to a primordialist vision of collective identities and conducts surveys on questions of tolerance and enmity between ethnic groups construed as innate. The second camp comprises those who support a constructivist approach to the phenomenon. 91 The capacity to conduct independent sociological studies elicits anxiety among the authorities, as illustrated by the attacks carried out on VTSIOM in summer 2003, only some months before the legislative elections. The Kremlin took control of the center and forced the departure of the director and most of his fellow researchers, who ended up creating their own institute, the Levada Center.

77 Moscow also began to develop an awareness of its cultural potential in post-Soviet space and of the human resources represented by the Russians of the Near Abroad. Even so, it is permanently torn between two competing logics: one foreign policy logic calls for supporting the A MEANS OF TAKING UP THE CHALLENGES? 33 “diasporas” in their countries in the hope that they become one of the levers of Russian influence in the region; a second entails the massive and organized “return” of these Russians to a Federation in full demographic crisis.

116 This term, “national minority,” nonetheless remains obscure and actually implies the Caucasian peoples. When the same question is formulated in relation to the Tatars, the Yakuts, or the Buriats, the results are different and less critical. 117 Hence, the populations of the Caucasus are not perceived as Russian citizens but rather as foreigners in terms of identity, thereby showing that in the imaginary of many Russians the Caucasus no longer forms part of the identity of the Federation. These past years have also witnessed the emergence of a new reified category, that of Muslims (musul’mane).

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