Webinar on the Far Right in Russia

Lecturer: Elizaveta Gaufman, University of Groningen

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The Far Right in Russia

The Ukraine crisis shook and stirred the far-right movements in Russia along the two lines: support for the Novorossiya project in South-East Ukraine as well as Crimea annexation or denial of Kremlin’s foreign policy and siding with the far-right groups of the Euromaidan. Often a categorization of nationalist movements is based on their attitude to Putin’s regime (Laruelle 2018): “full opposition nationalists” (e.g., Neo-Nazis, perpetrators of racist violence), “mid-opposition nationalists” (pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine), co-opted statist nationalists (support Putin’s regime), and “official nationalists” – those are within the state apparatus and broker the cooperation with grass root, more extreme nationalist organizations. In this talk, however, I will offer an overview of nationalist movements in Russia based on their ideology, showing how some of the far-right argumentation is normalized in the liberal and mainstream circles.

Elizaveta Gaufman is Assistant Professor of Russian Discourse and Politics in the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Her research is situated at the intersection of political theory, international relations, and media and cultural studies. She is the author of Security Threats and Public Perception: Digital Russia and the Ukraine Crisis (Palgrave, 2017). Elizaveta is a permanent contributor to the “Duck of Minerva” blog and tweets at @lisas_research.

The webinar will have one short presentation followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Cas Mudde.

The Global Perspectives on the Far Right webinar series

The webinar series Global perspectives on the Far Right is co-hosted by C-REX and ICCT (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague), and takes place every first Wednesday of the month in the period August 2021-January 2022. The webinars last for one hour from 15:00-16:00 CET, unless indicated otherwise due to speakers’ time zone differences. This webinar series is a continuation of the C-REX hosted webinars that took place from February-July 2021.

The regions covered are largely inspired by the new Manchester University Press book series, ‘Global Studies of the Far Right’, co-founded and co-edited by C-REX affiliate scholar Eviane Leidig

The webinar will have one short presentation followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Professor Cas Mudde or Eviane Leidig.

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Published July 14, 2021 4:16 PM - Last modified July 22, 2021 2:03 PM