Nationalism as Conservative Centrism: United Russia

  • Marlène Laruelle
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


In this chapter, I define nationalism as a conservative centrism that has permitted the Kremlin to appropriate the nationalist rhetoric that had, for some years, been in the hands of the opposition. In the second half of the 1990s, the ruling elites began to invest in this field of discourse and, in the following decade, succeeded in virtually monopolizing references to the nation, dispossessing both the extra-parliamentary opposition and the populist parliamentary parties of it. If the latter continue to lay claim to the right to express the needs and concerns of the nation, they have many difficulties in making their voices heard and are largely stifled by the patriotic slogans put forth by the Kremlin.


Legislative Election Russian People Deputy Prime Minister Conservative Centrism Presidential Administration 
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