'Friends and Foes of the "Russian World': Post-Soviet State's Management of Religious Diversity'

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The chapter discusses the evolving management of religious diversity in post-Soviet Russia, concentrating on the complex relationships between the issues of political legitimacy and legitimacy of presence of minority religions in the country. Rather than assuming path-dependence in Russia's policies towards minority religions and presumed inherent characteristics of its State, it offers an analysis focused on the interests and of post-Soviet political and religious elites in legitimising their position and power in the situation of institutional instability and pervasive uncertainty. It agues that the restrictive and at times oppressive policies towards religious minorities can be best explained by institutional weaknesses rather strengths of these elites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics and Practice of Religious Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationLocal Contexts, Global Issues
EditorsAndrew Dawson
Place of PublicationLondon & New York City
PublisherRoutledge, London & New York
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781317648635
ISBN (Print)9781138791817
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Sociology


  • Religious diversity and pluralism; religion and political power; minority religions and politics in Russia


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