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Ethnogeopolitics of Putin’s Eurasianism – Part 2

Book highlight from Understanding Contemporary Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism: The Post-Soviet Cossack Revival and Ukraine’s National Security” by Dr Olexander Hryb.

Part 1 of the highlight introduced the concept of Eurasianism. Part 2 focuses on Putin’s statements of his civic nationalism. If you continue visiting our Blog Page you’ll be able to read further parts of the highlight.

Part 2.

4.2.2 Putin’s nationalism: Known knowns

Newly elected President Putin accepted in his Millennium message (2000) Yeltsin’s term Rossiiskiy Narod (Russian people or nation) as oppose to Russkiy narod (more narrow ethnic definition). He stated explicitly that Russia is a multi-ethnic nation while addressing the United Russia conference in 2011: ‘Let those who proclaim the slogans of social and ethnic intolerance and are smuggling in all kinds of populist and provocative ideas that actually lead to national betrayal and ultimately to the break-up of our country, know that: we are a single Russian nation, a united and indivisible Russia’.  In this context Putin could be considered as a ‘statist’ (gosudarstvennik) as he is preoccupied first of all with survival of the Russian state with its 20 millions of Muslims and over a hundred officially recognised ethnicly defined nationalities. He disbanded (in 2001) Russia’s first Ministry for nationalities set up by academician T