ABSTRACT

In recent years, the memory of Aleksandr Nevskii has been most closely associated with two political questions: the place of religion, and specifically the Russian Orthodox Church, in the Russian state; and the political challenges that result from striking a balance between West and East and accommodating multiculturality within both the domestic and international frameworks. The chapter analyses how the contemporary political meaning of the memory has been actively shaped by, on the one hand, the Russian Orthodox Church and associated religious and societal organisations and, on the other hand, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It then discusses the historical blockbuster Aleksandr: The Neva Battle (2008) and provides a detailed analysis of the TV project The Name is Russia (2008) that resulted in Nevskii being elected the greatest Russian of all time.