Ultranationalism in Post-Communist Russia

Ultranationalism in Post-Communist Russia

The social-political status of contemporary Russia is quite the mixed bag. While you have Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party with a vast majority of the vote in nearly every election, there is a large variety of groups who speak out against him. In the days following the recent presidential election, where Putin was elected for a third term, tens of thousands of Russians protested the results of the election. Several different political and social groups make up these kind of protests, but what is interesting that most of these group's ideologies have one thing in common -- Nationalism. Nationalism come in various forms, but the three ...

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that together they can pose a serious threat to the established regime of United Russia.
Before one can analyze the problems that nationalists see in Russia today, the cultivation of the Nationalists political groups during the immediate post-Soviet era must be taken into account. The most obvious contributor to the cultivation of Nationalism is in fact, the Russian political elite itself. In the post-Soviet era, the political elite "[emphasized] the greatness of the Russian nation, the importance of the Russian state and the uniqueness of Russian culture and history" in order to push society away from their former identity as Soviet Citizens to their true title -- Russian Citizens. This identity shift is in actuality the second instance of massive societal changes in Russia from the past one hundred years. Society went from an ancient regime with a unified monarchy and church, and a nobility who used its power over the peasant population, to an atheist communist state, who ...

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has not managed to hold that amount of the vote, and usually their percentage is always below ten percent for the Duma elections since 1993.
The founder and leader of the LDPR, Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky, is a longtime standing figure in Russian politics. He has always voiced a strong disdain for Russia's geopolitical "enemies" like the European Union, and the United states. At a rally in Vladivostok last year, Zhirinovsky said that "the EU was far worse than the Soviet Union... [and that] NATO was only the puppet of [U.S.] Interests". Zhirinovsky believes that "Russia should be tougher, more steadfast and assertive in its foreign policy, as well as more explicit in stating its ...

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