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Russian Policies Toward Russians in Neighboring States

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Feb. 28, 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Russian Policies Toward Russians in Neighboring States

Since 1992, Moscow has grappled with how to address the issue of the 25 million ethnic Russians in other post-Soviet states. In order to write and speak about Russians abroad, political elites and leading intellectuals in Russia have employed three major narratives: “the Russian World,” “Russian civilization,” and “a divided people.” The Russian government has supported these narratives with concrete policy tools, including the protection of “compatriots abroad” and granting Russian citizenship to millions of people in neighboring states. Igor Zevelev presented his analysis of the proliferation of Russian citizenship in the post-Soviet space as well as its geopolitical consequences.


Igor Zevelev

Igor Zevelev

George F. Kennan Fellow,
Former Professor at George Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Former Director, MacArthur Foundation, Moscow Office
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The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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