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Studies in Contemporary Russia: Studies in Contemporary Russia


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The Soft Power of the Russian Language: Pluricentricity, Politics and Policies

The Soft Power of the Russian Language: Pluricentricity, Politics and Policies

1st Edition

Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Maria Yelenevskaya
June 19, 2019

Exploring Russian as a pluricentric language, this book provides a panoramic view of its use within and outside the nation and discusses the connections between language, politics, ideologies, and cultural contacts. Russian is widely used across the former Soviet republics and in the diaspora, but...

The Politics of Poverty in Contemporary Russia

The Politics of Poverty in Contemporary Russia

1st Edition

Ann-Mari Sätre
December 11, 2018

This book provides an overview of poverty and well-being in Russia. Increasing poverty rates during the 1990s were followed by greater attention to social policies in the 2000s and increased efforts to engage people in socially oriented NGOs and ‘encourage’ them to contribute to the fulfillment of...

Authoritarian Modernization in Russia: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies

Authoritarian Modernization in Russia: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies

1st Edition

Vladimir Gel'man
August 14, 2018

Post-Communist Russia is an instance of the phenomenon of authoritarian modernization project, which is perceived as a set of policies intended to achieve a high level of economic development, while political freedoms remain beyond the current modernization agenda or are postponed to a distant...

Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction

Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction

1st Edition

Thomas Hoffmann, Andrey Makarychev
July 31, 2018

The annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russia’s support for military insurgency in eastern Ukraine undermined two decades of cooperation between Russia and the EU leaving both sides in a situation of reciprocal economic sanctions and political alienation. What is left of previous positive experiences...

Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State

Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State

1st Edition

Mariëlle Wijermars
July 26, 2018

This book examines the societal dynamics of memory politics in Russia. Since Vladimir Putin became president, the Russian central government has increasingly actively employed cultural memory to claim political legitimacy and discredit all forms of political opposition. The rhetorical use of the...

Federalism and Regional Policy in Contemporary Russia

Federalism and Regional Policy in Contemporary Russia

1st Edition

Andrey Starodubtsev
December 11, 2017

How do Russian leaders balance the need to decentralize governance in a socially and politically complex country with the need to guarantee political control of the state? Since the early 2000s Russian federal authorities have arranged a system of political control on regional elites and their...

Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation

Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation

1st Edition

Katja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki
September 20, 2016

In this book the expert international contributors attempt to answer questions such as: How far is it possible to attribute change in contemporary Russia as due to cultural factors? How does the process of change in cultural institutions reflect the general development of Russia? Are there certain...

The Other Russia: Local experience and societal change

The Other Russia: Local experience and societal change

1st Edition

Leo Granberg, Ann-Mari Sätre
September 15, 2016

Most recent research seeks to explain contemporary changes in Russia by analysing the decisions of Russian leaders, oligarchs and politicians based in Moscow. This book examines another Russia, one of ordinary people changing their environment and taking opportunities to provoke societal changes in...

Paganism, Traditionalism, Nationalism: Narratives of Russian Rodnoverie

Paganism, Traditionalism, Nationalism: Narratives of Russian Rodnoverie

1st Edition

Kaarina Aitamurto
May 20, 2016

Rodnoverie was one of the first new religious movements to emerge following the collapse of the Soviet Union, its development providing an important lens through which to view changes in post-Soviet religious and political life. Rodnovers view social and political issues as inseparably linked to...

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