This book brings together scholars from across a variety of disciplines who use different methodologies to interrogate the changing nature of Russian culture in the twenty-first century. The book considers a wide range of cultural forms that have been instrumental in globalizing Russia. These include literature, art, music, film, media, the internet, sport, urban spaces, and the Russian language. The book pays special attention to the processes by which cultural producers negotiate between Russian government and global cultural capital. It focuses on the issues of canon, identity, soft power and cultural exchange. The book provides a conceptual framework for analyzing Russia as a transnational entity and its contemporary culture in the globalized world.

chapter 1|18 pages


ByStrukov Vlad, Hudspith Sarah

chapter 2|23 pages

Poetry, canon and identity in contemporary Russia

ByHodgson Katharine

chapter 3|26 pages

Lev Tolstoy and contemporary Russian cultural policy

Negotiating the canon
ByHudspith Sarah

chapter 4|31 pages

‘That’s ours. Don’t touch’

Nashe Radio and the consolations of the domestic mainstream
ByMcMichael Polly

chapter 5|26 pages

The Perm Cultural Project [Permskii kul’turnyi proekt]

Looking back, looking forward
ByTrubina Elena

chapter 6|22 pages

Projecting Russia on the global stage

International broadcasting and ‘recursive nationhood’
ByHutchings Stephen

chapter 7|43 pages

Joking about doping

Contested visions of sporting nationalism and patriotism in Russian political cartoons
ByEtty John

chapter 8|28 pages

Visualizing the conservative revolution

Alternative globalization and aesthetic utopia of ‘Novorossiia’
ByMaria Engström

chapter 9|23 pages

Theorizing the hyperlocal

The cinema of Sakha (Yakutia) and global contexts
ByStrukov Vlad

chapter 10|24 pages

Independent and popular?

Russian youth videos in the age of globalization
ByRatilainen Saara

chapter 11|27 pages

Russian linguistic culture in the age of globalization

A turn to linguistic violence
ByLara Ryazanova-Clarke

chapter 12|23 pages

Geopolitical enemy #1?

VVP, anglophone ‘popaganda’ and the politics of representation
ByRobert A. Saunders