Putin's Form of Nationalism

651 WordsFeb 20, 20183 Pages
Nationalism has been on the rise in Russia ever since their embarrassing defeat in 1989 when the Soviet Union fell. However, the world has seen a recent upsurge in racist and xenophobic sentiments in Russia as well. These feelings can be seen in the population and also in current political occurrences like Vladimir Putin’s invasion into Crimea and his anti-gay laws that have recently been passed. The three main causes of the rise in this type of sentiment are Russia’s economy, immigration, and Putin’s form of nationalism affecting Russia’s population. This paper will discuss one of the three reasons: Putin’s form of nationalism. Putin’s Platform Vladimir Putin is currently in his third term as Russia’s President. He served his first two terms from 2000-2008 and was re-elected in 2012. He is the leader of the United Russia party. Officially, Putin’s platform says he believes in Russia’s uniqueness as a “multiethnic civilization.” Although he often appeals to Russian patriotic nationalism, Putin sees ultra-nationalism as a threat to the territorial integrity of the Russian state. Putin calls himself a “patriot,” avoiding the negative connotations of the term “nationalist.” Putin's official form of nationalism can be seen as what is called moderate statism. Moderate statism favors the creation of a strong state and emphasizes Russia as a "great power." It defines the country’s national mission as the restoration of Russia as a great world power, the unification of state
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