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The Presence of Absence: Ethnicity Policy in Russia

  • Peter Rutland
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Abstract

Even though nationalism as an analytical category and political practice has been widely condemned in recent decades, the nation-state remains the predominant form of political structure throughout the world. The break-up of the Soviet Union led to the emergence of 15 states, which began actively promoting national identity as a building bloc of their newly-won independence. The Russian Federation is something of an exception to this trend, since it faces difficult and unresolved questions arising from its multi-ethnic composition. Russian nationalism played an important though somewhat ambiguous role in the break-up of the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin used appeals to Russian sovereignty to undermine the position of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. But Yeltsin never subscribed to a clearly-articulated concept of Russian national identity. For Yeltsin, the most important symbol of the new Russian state was — Yeltsin himself. (He was officially described as the ‘first president’ of Russia.)

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Ethnic Identity Liberal Democratic Party Russian State Nationality Policy Russian People 
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