Posts by Andrey Makarychev

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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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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
Andrey Makarychev 03-03-2015
(UT Blog) Words kill. Discourses matter. Whoever physically triggered the gun that killed Boris Nemtsov, one of the most charismatic Russian opposition leaders in Moscow, his death on February 27th was definitely a result of Putin’s provocative invectives against “the fifth column”, “foreign agents”, “national traitors” and “enemies of the people”. The murder was politically prepared and justified before it happened in reality. At some point the boundary...
Andrey Makarychev 10-14-2014
This memo discusses the implications of the current crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations for the Baltic Sea region (BSR), for many years considered one of the greatest success stories of regional integration in Europe. The Ukraine crisis has seriously challenged regional institutions and practices in which the region’s states have invested heavily. Two major questions loom. First, given the profound conflict between Russia and the European Union, can...
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Andrey Makarychev 09-04-2014
On the eve of the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales, some members of the Alliance are eager to raise the issue of changing—if not completely denouncing—the NATO-Russia Founding Treaty of 1997. While there will be no consensus on the issue among the member states and while it is unlikely any decision will be taken over the course of a few days, the very debate is telling of the deepening crisis that exists in security relations in Europe, if not globally....
Andrey Makarychev 08-25-2014
The most persistent component of a variety of Russian pro-Kremlin discourses is its mimicry and imitation of the West. This was so in the 1990s and it still remains the case under the drastically changed conditions of the crisis in Ukraine. I had a chance to see how this mimicking works at a recent conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) held in Krakow. Two young scholars from the Russian Academy of Science made presentations on Russia’s...

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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia