Nationalism is a double-edged sword:
In the future, Putin may have little to offer in order to maintain his interpretation of Russian nationalism
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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A nationalistic mood has characterized the Russian presidentís speeches, the aim of which is to mobilize the Russian people against an external threat at a time of crisis. Even though Vladimir Putinís interpretation of nationalism emphasizes national cohesion, his message may simultaneously strengthen ethnic nationalism in Russia.