Pavlo Artymyshyn: The “Russian World” (“Russkiy mir”): From Literary Metaphor to Political Context

The development of the concept of the “Russian world” (“Russkiy mir”) during the 19th to 21st centuries is investigated in this project. This ideologeme has witnessed transformations from the level of literary metaphors within Russian classical literature through the one of historiosophical discussions shaped by Eurasianist representatives in the environment of interwar “white” emigration, as well as by neo-Eurasianists since the late 1980s and Russian intellectuals of the 1990s and 2000s, to the degree of a political context in the early 21st century, when the concept essentially became the basis of a “soft power” strategy in the domestic and foreign policy doctrines of Putin’s Russia. It was during his presidency that in public discourse, and even in the rhetoric of official power, the concept of the “Russian world” began to emerge, referring to the community of people (a “civilization”), which ostensibly exists due to the presence of a certain set of shared mythologies related to the Russian language and culture, shared historical memory and ideological values, loyalty to the modern Russian Federation, including its internal and foreign policy, and Orthodox Christianity.

Pavlo Artymyshyn is a Researcher of the Department of Modern History of Ukraine at the I. Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since November 2017. From 2009 to 2014, he was a student of the Faculty of History of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. He was a PhD student of the Department of Contemporary History of the I. Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies from 2014 to 2017, where he worked on his dissertation “Socio-Political Processes in the Russian Federation and Russian-Ukrainian Relations in Ukrainian Public Opinion (2000-2012)”, which was successfully defended in 2018. His research interests include: Russian studies, the history of Ukraine and Russia at the turn of the 20th to 21st centuries, the development of Ukrainian-Russian relations in the 21st century, issues of national identity and historical memory, history of the USSR, and history of Lviv.

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