A “State-Civilization”: Russia’s ideological renewal after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine

This webinar will explore the role of ideology in the day-to-day management of the Russian political regime

, Berlin time (CEST, UTC+2)

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  • Mikhail Komin, Visiting Fellow, ECFR
  • Ksenia Luchenko, Visiting Fellow, ECFR
  • András Tóth-Czifra, Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

Chaired by

Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

In the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has increased investments not only in military production but also in ideological infrastructure. The Russian education system now includes new ideologically charged subjects, and Soviet-era projects like the Pioneers and the Znanie Society have been revived. Concurrently, Russia is pushing an anti-colonial narrative to win favour with Global South states. 

This webinar will explore the role of ideology in the day-to-day management of the Russian political regime. We will examine how it is used to generate, if not active support for the war among elites and citizens, then at least performative support, and how it perpetuates the ongoing confrontation between Russia and the West.