chapter  10
16 Pages

From Belgrade to Kiev: Hard-line nationalism and Russia’s foreign policy

ByANDREI P . TSYGANKOV

Throughout the post-Soviet era a number of scholars and politicians predicted the rise of hard-line nationalism in Russia, which would then be reflected in radical changes in the country’s domestic and foreign policies. Despite multiple political crises in Russia, those predictions are yet to come true. Changes in leadership have not led to a fundamental revision of Russia’s national identity and interests, and various hard-line opposition groups – from Gennadi Ziuganov’s Communist Party to Dmitri Rogozin’s Rodina – have remained marginalized in the national discourse.