FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 1 (2015)   

Nationalism is a double-edged sword:
In the future, Putin may have little to offer in order to maintain his interpretation of Russian nationalism

Publicerad 12.1.2015

Veera Laine
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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A nationalistic mood has characterized the Russian president’s speeches, the aim of which is to mobilize the Russian people against an external threat at a time of crisis. Even though Vladimir Putin’s interpretation of nationalism emphasizes national cohesion, his message may simultaneously strengthen ethnic nationalism in Russia.