Russian nationalism is a hackneyed term in the Western contemporary mass media. Its content is regarded as self-evident, and little or no explanation of its implications is generally given. Furthermore, nationalism has been assumed to lie at the basis of the policies of tsars, commissars and presidents — from the middle ages to the present day. Nor is it uncommon to come across articles in the press or even scholarly books which start from the premise that Russian nationalism has had fixed tenets over several centuries and that its exponents more or less agree with each other as to what these tenets are. Nationalism in Russia is presented as the straightforward, constant, uncontested ideology of Russian rulers and their subjects from time immemorial.
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