Messianic narrations in contemporary Russian statecraft and foreign policy

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The article aims to uncover the nature and distinctive features of the contemporary messianic narrations in the Russian public discourse, as well as estimate their impact on the actual policy-making. For this reason, the article scrutinizes the political philosophy of Aleksandr Dugin, Nataliia Narochnitskaia, Egor Kholmogorov, and Vadim Tsymburskii. Their major messages are contrasted and compared to a variety of recent developments in Russia’s domestic and foreign policies. The hypothesis is put forward that the messianic narrations are furtive, though unalienable factors which propel and justify Russian domestic and foreign policies. Therefore, it is always worth considering Russian policy-making through the prism of the nation-wide religious self-identification, as well as acknowledging a number of “eschatological duties” which derive from this self-identification. Finally, the article provides an overview to the western scholarly perspectives on Russian messianism with a specific emphasis on British and US contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-60
Number of pages24
JournalCentral European Journal of International and Security Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Russian foreign policy
  • Russian messianism
  • Russian expansionism
  • Third Rome
  • Dugin
  • Narochnitskaia
  • Kholmogorov
  • Tsymburskii

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