Tag: Rossiyane

No One Must Block Russians from Defining Themselves as a Distinct Nation, Patriarch Aide Says

January 27, 2015

Staunton, January 26 – In the Moscow Patriarchate’s clearest signal yet that it opposes the non-ethnic identity of Rossiyane [Russian Federation citizens], Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin says that no one should be afraid of talking about the national self-consciousness of the ethnic Russian people or try to “dissolve” it within some “new and artificial identities” at […]

An Ethnic Russian Nation Does Not Exist, Russian Nationalist Says

November 17, 2014

Staunton, November 17 – Russian nationalists have long insisted that a supra-national non-ethnic Russian identity not only doesn’t exist but undermines Russian identity, but now one of their most prominent theorists is arguing the unthinkable. According to Pavel Svyatenkov, an ethnic Russian nation does not now exist while a Ukrainian nation very much does. Svyatenkov […]

Putin’s ‘Russian World’ Death Knell for Civic Russian Identity, Tatarstan Editor Says

September 29, 2014

Staunton, September 26 – Rashit Akhmetov, the editor of the Kazan weekly Zvezda Povolzhya, says that Vladimir Putin’s promotion of the idea of a “Russian world” is the death knell for a civic Russian identity and that this, combined with his authoritarian and great power chauvinist approach, is exacerbating ethnic identities of Russians and non-Russians […]

Russians Must Recognize Circassians as ‘Rossiyane’ or Face Disaster, Arutyunov Says

September 11, 2014

Staunton, September 11 – “’Rossiyane’ is a much broader category than ethnic Russians, and our compatriots,” Sergey Arutyunov says, are not only Russians in Canada or Argentina but Tuvins in Xinjiang, Buryats in Shemekhen and Circassians in Syria or the United Arab Emirates — at least as long as they want to consider themselves to […]