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The Red MirrorPutin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity$
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Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197502938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197502938.001.0001

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The Return of the “Soviet” through the “National” in Post-Soviet Russia

The Return of the “Soviet” through the “National” in Post-Soviet Russia

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(p.3) 1 The Return of the “Soviet” through the “National” in Post-Soviet Russia
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The Red Mirror
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Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197502938.003.0001

The first chapter examines the phenomenon of a visible return of Soviet practices and institutions in “post-Crimea” Russia, along with the rising public support and approval for Joseph Stalin. Arguing against culturally based explanations that focus on the legacy of the Soviet man (homo sovieticus), it views these recent trends as a sign of strengthening of the Russian nationals’ sense of collective identity that is argued to be the most socially and politically significant achievement of Vladimir Putin’s leadership. This chapter presents the central argument of the book and the analytical approach that builds on social identity theory to explain “mature Putinism.”

Keywords:   Soviet legacy, Homo sovieticus, social identity theory, national identity, political leadership, Vladimir Putin

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