Russia for the Russians – a putative policy

Federica PrinaIn Russia for the Russians – a putative policy, ECMI’s Federica Prina discusses the Russian Government’s strategies for creating an identity embracing all its citizens.

ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr Prina’s discussion about the Russian Government’s identity strategies is posted as an analysis on the Open Democracy website.

Already the title, Russia for the Russians – a putative policy, suggests that the identity strategies are not necessarily 100% identifiable. Or rather, Dr Prina brings to the fore that strengthening the central state remains priority while the rest is “talk”.

The following quote-out might inspire to further reading and give a glimpse of how ethnic minority issues are an integrated part of Dr Prina’s discussion:

“The Russian leadership seeks to maintain political stability through careful ethnic diversity management, forging a spurious civic identity rooted in flag-waving rhetoric and stage-managed opposition to the West.”


Dr Federica Prina manages the ECMI research cluster Culture and Diversity. She completed her PhD in Politics in University College London, on the role of international mechanisms in promoting the cultural rights of national minorities in the Russian Federation.

In the 2009-10 academic year she was a tutor in Russian Politics and Society in UCL. She also has a specialisation in international human rights law through an LLM from the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, UK.

Prior to her PhD, she worked for 9 years as Programme Officer and then Senior Programme Officer for the London-based NGO Article 19, managing projects and research on freedom of expression in the former Soviet Union.

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