Posts by Andrey Makarychev

by Andrey Makarychev . 07-16-2015
Post-Soviet states tend to view Russian policies toward them through a geopolitical lens, interpreting the approaches as that of a regional power competing for the control of nearby lands. This, however, is only half the picture. Russia’s approach to its so-called “near abroad” includes an important refinement: between the geopolitical control of territory and the biopolitical administration of populations. We can better understand this difference by...
by Andrey Makarychev . 06-29-2015
(CIDOB) The ongoing crisis in Russia-Ukraine relations is more often than not discussed in regional security context, with some tendency of either diminishing or even denying its profound reverberations for the entire EU and the whole Euro-Atlantic community. The starting point for my analysis is different: I stem from the momentous implications of this crisis for the entire international society, since its ensuing repercussions are likely to determine...
by Andrey Makarychev . 05-13-2015
This is the first in a series of posts on the concept of "Russkiy Mir."[1] I begin by looking at the International Festival of Literature that was held recently in Tartu, Estonia. The extensive festival program contained strong Russian cultural components. One of my favorites was a Russian literary evening, which consisted of a lovely gathering of Russian-speaking Estonian writers. The celebrity of the festival was Andrey Makarevich, singer-songwriter of...
by Andrey Makarychev . 05-08-2015
Russian soft power has a new face: biker Alexander Zaldostanov, aka “The Surgeon.” The widely publicized tour of his Night Wolves motorcycle club, with all its carnivalesque and pretentious absurdity through parts of Europe on the eve of Victory Day, shines a light on some of the contradictions of current Kremlin ideology. One, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s question “Who speaks on behalf of the dead?” is strikingly acute in today’s Russia —...
by Andrey Makarychev . 05-07-2015
There is one notorious paradox deeply entrenched in the ardent debates about Russia’s May 9th celebration marking the 70th anniversary of World War II. While Russia is eager to use the victory narrative of the Great Patriotic War for justifying its “natural” belongingness to Europe, the opposite effect is being achieved: the Kremlin line is actually alienating Russia from the West, and the EU in particular. The key element of the growing disconnection is...
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by Andrey Makarychev . 05-07-2015
Споры вокруг юбилея Победы вызваны еще и тем, что Россия желает взять историю в свое будущее. В Европе многие хотят оставить историю в прошлом, признав войну трагедией, где деление на правых и виноватых бывает условным.​Дисциплинировать и наказывать Горячие дебаты вокруг празднования 9 мая накануне 70-й годовщины окончания Великой Отечественной войны содержат очевидный парадокс. Эти дискуссии выявили, что Россия, пытаясь использовать...
by Andrey Makarychev . 03-25-2015
(UT Blog) (Co-authored with Stefano Braghiroli) Estonia - The annexation of Crimea and the military insurgency in Ukraine’s eastern provinces under the “Russian world” slogan triggered political and academic debates centred on the whole set of issues related to post-Soviet borderlands. Territories populated by Russian speakers and those culturally connected to Russia are obviously at the core of this debate. In this flammable context, the Estonian city of...
by Andrey Makarychev . 03-20-2015
(Problems of Post-Communism) Abstract: In Putin’s third term, official rhetoric has become a normative, moralizing discourse promoting Russian traditional values as opposed to the “moral decay” of the West. This “biopolitical turn” in Russian politics–a redefining of the boundaries of the Russian political community and extension of state sovereignty into private lives–is part of the authoritarian drift of the Russian political regime.Biopolitics...
by Andrey Makarychev . 03-05-2015
Блог ПОНАРС Евразия. 3 марта глава комитета Госдумы по международным делам (и ключевая фигура кремлевской пропаганды) А.К.Пушков публично заявил о возможности, как минимум, трех сценариев «цветной революции» в России: радикализация анти-Путинской оппозиции, президентские амбиции Ходорковского и экономическая дестабилизация России. Неожиданно, однако, не содержание этих вариантов, но то, что Алексей Пушков ввел их в российский политический дискурс....
by Andrey Makarychev . 03-04-2015
On March 3, chairman of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee (and key Kremlin propagandist) Alexey Pushkov publicly admitted there are at least three scenarios for a “color revolution” in Russia - radicalization of the anti-Putin opposition, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's presidential ambitions, and economic destabilization in Russia. It was not the content of these options that startled me but the fact that Pushkov inserted them into Russian...

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Professor, Institute of Government and Politics
University of Tartu, Estonia