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Focus

The overall aim of the project is the analysis and description of the situation at the macro level (the analysis of public discourses, including discourses of national authorities and opposition, and the official rhetoric of the RF), and at the micro level (life-stories of members of various groups, their cultural and historical memory, and personal experiences of living in/visiting Russia).

We will consider three contexts: 1) geopolitical, 2) national (the position of the countries within the Russian empire and/or the USSR or, for the countries which were not a part of the USSR, the history of their connections with Russia in the Soviet and post-Soviet era, the foreign policies of their leaders etc.), and 3) the personalized social micro-level context.

Principles of countries’ selection: 1) countries with substantial numbers of Russians and Russian-speaking communities which appeared there due to different historical-political factors (colonization during the imperial period and Soviet era, and post-revolutionary and post-Soviet emigration), 2) countries closely related to Russia culturally, historically or economically through past or recent intensive migration, through membership in political and economic unions and strategic partnerships, and through the stereotypes and clichés of historical memory, both positive and negative in nature.