By M. Laruelle
This ebook deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the intense correct in Russia.Nationalism now extends all through all ofthe countryand cannot be noticeable as a phenomenon limited to the margins of society. This learn rejects the translation that is familiar with Kremlin-backed patriotism as easily a part of a fascist pattern in Russia and as a rapprochement among the political experts and the extraordinary correct. A simplistic research of the sort of paradoxical phenomenon addresses neither the fundamental factor of social consensus nor that of the inherent courting among nationwide identification and citizenship.
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27 Caucasus, where the presidential party attained 98 or 99 percent of the vote. A contrario, its bad results in Moscow and Saint Petersburg (about 50 percent of the vote) conﬁrm that sections of the middle classes are not convinced that the current elite has the ability to properly manage the country’s development. Moreover, Putin’s will to respect the letter but not the spirit of the constitution in refusing to seek a third mandate constituted a considerable challenge for United Russia in its bid to maintain its leadership.
In this context of massive historical changes, social traumas are liable to provoke a crisis of political identity. 90 Sociological studies on xenophobia carried out in Russia are rarely as detailed and as developed as those done in Western European countries. This difference can be explained as much by the lack of training and institutional framing caused by the long Soviet ban on sociology as by the current political context in which such analyses, today undertaken only by a few academic centers, are formulated.
United Russia, despite continuing to play up themes of personal and charismatic legitimacy, can no longer limit itself to exulting Putin’s personality. 61 However, the new importance given to parties ought to be qualiﬁed. With the additional creation of the Security Council and the State Council, the presidential administration has come to constitute a form of second public service at the disposition of the president. It parallels the majority of the government’s prerogatives and permits the president to exercise a direct inﬂuence over decision-making processes.