Nationalist sentiments remain widespread in Russia, in some ways even more so than when the Soviet Union was collapsing in 1991. Half of Russians say it is a great misfortune that the Soviet Union no longer exists. Moreover, as compared with 1991, a larger percentage now says it is natural for Russia to have an empire and, as a fall 2009 survey shows, more than twice as many believe there are parts of neighboring countries that belong to Russia and that Russia should be for Russians. Continue reading
Anna M. Cienciala
However, after Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin president at the end of 1999, and Putin was elected president in 2004 for another four years, school textbooks began to be rewritten to give a “positive” senss of the Stalin period (1928-1953). Broadly speaking, this means that his brutal methods of collectivizing Russian agriculture and the terror he waged against alleged enemies, are being justified as necessary for the development of the USSR.
Jan 23, 2012
For Russia – with its diversity of languages, traditions, ethnic groups, and cultures – the ethnic issue is without any exaggeration fundamental. Any responsible politician or public figure must realize that civil and interethnic accord is one of the chief conditions of the very existence of our country.
OCT 30, 2000
Yevgeny Primakov Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Russia
Separatism and Russia’s Future