Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 11-01-2013
A new book co-edited by Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu) and Andre Mommen (University of Amsterdam) discusses the social, ideological and economic changes that have occurred in Russia since 2000, a period also called the Putin era. The large-scale demonstrations and protest actions in Russia that erupted immediately after the State Duma election on 4 December 2011 illustrate the deep crisis of the model of governance instituted by Vladimir Putin...
Andrey Makarychev 10-31-2013
The Baltic Sea region is definitely one of the best examples of region-building in Europe. It is home to such world leaders in innovation as Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Germany and the region has become an attractive international brand. Baltic studies is a popular research field since this is the region where such fashionable concepts as de-bordering, overlapping identities, governance without government, de-securitization, and other similar concepts...
Andrey Makarychev 10-29-2013
One of the most visible aspects of Russia’s path to globalization is the country’s hosting of large international sporting events. In July 2013, Kazan hosted the World Student Games (the Universiade). In February 2014, Sochi will host the Winter Olympics. A dozen Russian cities are preparing for the 2018 World Cup. We can add to the list the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as a Formula One race, World Aquatics...
Andrey Makarychev 10-25-2013
(Report) Among European countries Germany has the deepest interest in and traditions of engaging with Russia politically and economically. Almost every week Berlin hosts multiple Russia-focused events that send diverse – though often contradictory – messages to German diplomacy. In this paper I will show how different are the messages addressed to Germany by the anti-Putin opposition and the Kremlin, and what options are available for Germany’s Ostpolitik...
Andrey Makarychev 10-22-2013
(Co-authored by Andrey Makarychev and Olga Gulina) The Russian model of multiculturalism is in crisis having recently proven itself to be a mixture of intolerance, xenophobia, and racism. These sentiments have all been publicly legitimized by a false rhetoric of “national patriotism,” with “Russia for Russians” having become the most popular slogan among growing nationalist segments within Russian society. Kondopoga, Manezh Square, Pugachev, and now...
Andrey Makarychev 10-18-2013
Guest post by Boris Lanin and Lana Lanina — Russia’s relations with Ukraine are overloaded with political symbolism, even more so as we get closer to the November Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit. Last week’s boxing match in Moscow between Russian Alexander Povetkin and Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko was a clear case of such symbolism. For decades, high-profile athletic competitions, particularly trans-national ones, have regularly contained political...
Andrey Makarychev 10-15-2013
Тему последнего номера «Форума» (2012. № 2)[1] определила статья Александра Янова «Агония бешеного национализма: распад российского патерналистского мифа в ХХ веке», который пытается разобраться в предельно актуальном вопросе о живучести имперской традиции в России. Именно имперский комплекс составляет важнейший компонент современной российской идентичности – ее конститутивным началом является не «картина будущего», которой просто не существует, а борьба...
Andrey Makarychev 10-10-2013
EU-Russia relations, as many in Europe reckon, suffer from a lack of proper communication. This may sound paradoxical in an era of social media connectivity and cross-national mobility, with NGOs facilitating contacts between nations better than states. A German-Polish-Russian “trialogue” seems to be a good case in point. It commenced with a meeting in 2009 in Kaliningrad between Foreign Ministers Westerwelle, Sikorski, and Lavrov. The whole idea was...
Andrey Makarychev 10-09-2013
(slon.ru) Универсиада стала дорогим спектаклем, инсценированным для легких побед, которые были использованы для публичного подтверждения силы страны. Президент В.Путин принял их критику очень лично, порекомендовал скептикам «принимать виагру», продемонстрировав тем самым степень раздражения Кремля своими оппонентами и вытекающие отсюда коммуникационные проблемы. Но в Сочи организаторы Олимпиады наверняка встретятся с еще более острыми информационными...
Andrey Makarychev 10-08-2013
Guest post by Andrey Devyatkov—The forthcoming Vilnius summit of the Eastern Partnership to take place in a couple of months is expected to be a symbolic breakthrough in the Europeanization plans of Moldova. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) might allow for a better access of Moldovan goods to the EU market and vice versa. The EU is trying to present itself as a zone of prosperity and stability, having nothing in common with traditional...

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