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Russia's Centuries-Long Modernization Project Has Come to an End
The New Republic ^ | July 14, 2014 | Igor Fedyukin

Posted on 07/16/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT by wetphoenix

The current outburst of tensions over Ukraine is typically described as a replay of a centuries-old Russian tradition of imperial dominance of its neighbors. Yet, beneath this “Russia as usual” façade there might be a truly tectonic shift: For the first time in centuries, it appears that the Russian state does not have a modernizing project. This means nothing less than a reinvention of the Russian state.

Back in the eighteenth century, Catherine the Great insisted provocatively in her programmatic “Instruction” that “Russia is a European power.” Decades later, Alexander Pushkin conceded that the government “is the sole European in Russia.” “European,” here, was synonymous with modernity, and the implication was that most of the country is un-European—i.e., archaic—and that only the government could be relied upon to behave in a European fashion and, perhaps, even Europeanize the rest. A recently released draft of the government’s cultural policy doctrine, however, insists that “Russia is not a European power.” While this and similar statements, readily echoed by the official media, are part of a calculated effort to mobilize public opinion, they also reflect a wider cultural and social change in the country.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: asia; europe; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 07/16/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix

Interesting article, thanks for posting.


2 posted on 07/16/2014 7:12:37 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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3 posted on 07/16/2014 7:14:00 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Longbow1969

It really is the end of modernity when a country like Russia aspires to be China’s milk cow.


4 posted on 07/16/2014 8:24:08 PM PDT by lodi90
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