Everyday Patriotism and Ethnicity in Today’s Russia

J. Paul Goode

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When does patriotism turn into nationalism? Since 2001, the Kremlin promoted a multi-ethnic vision of patriotism and patriotic education in all walks of life while publicly opposing extremist and opposition nationalism. Nevertheless, the outpouring of public support for the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent involvement in the Donbas in eastern Ukraine showed that patriotism and nationalism are not easily distinguished and that one may easily transform into the other. Rather than treating patriotism and nationalism as categorically distinct, this study inspects the ways that Russian citizens understand the meaning and implications of patriotism in their daily lives through interviews and focus groups conducted in Russian regions. The analysis reveals the ease with which state patriotism can be ethnicized, such that the practical difference between patriotism and nationalism becomes a matter of political loyalty rather than ethnicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRussia Before and After Crimea
Subtitle of host publicationNationalism and Identity, 2010–2017
EditorsHelge Blakkisrud, Pal Kolsto
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, U. K.
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Print)9781474433853
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018


  • Russia
  • Nationalism
  • patriotism
  • authoritarianism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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