October 25, 2012

New Putinism: Nationalism + Orthodox Church

Max Fisher, WorldViews

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Two recent stories offer a revealing  — and, to some, unsettling — view of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s emerging state ideology. The new Putinism, you might call it, seems to be a fusion of two older Russian ideas: nationalism, sometimes with an anti-Western tinge, and conservative interpretations of Orthodox Christianity.

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TAGGED: nationalism, Russia, Russian Orthodox Church, Vladimir Putin


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