Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Presidential Administration has launched a myriad of initiatives related to what looks like an attempt at shaping a new state ideology: new repressive legislation, massive censorship in culture, a more rigid interpretation of tensions with the West and of Soviet history, new mandatory patriotism classes at schools and universities, new history textbooks, a new “Z” pop culture, etc.

This seminar will look at how what Laruelle refers to as the Kremlin’s “ideological ecosystems” are evolving with the war: how the Orthodox realm has radicalized, how the military realm has exploded with the role of war correspondents and bloggers, and the role of Sergei Kirienko’s team in the Presidential Administration in crafting the new state ideology.

Marlene Laruelle is Research Professor of International Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University. At IERES she leads the Russia Program and the Illiberalism Studies Program.

Moderator: Helge Blakkisrud

This seminar will also be livestreamed through NUPI’s YouTube channel. Digital participation does not require registration. 

The seminar is organised as a part of a joint RCN-funded project with the University of Oslo, “Values-based legitimation in authoritarian states: top-down versus bottom-up strategies, the case of Russia.”