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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Staff in the Department of Russian

Publication details for Dr Konstantin Zamyatin

2016 'Russian Political Regime Change and Strategies of Diversity Management: From a Multinational Federation towards a Nation-State', Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 15, pp. 19-49

Author(s) from Durham


This paper explores the impact of the political regime change in post-Soviet Russia
on the country’s strategy of diversity management. The paper will start with an
overview of possible government responses to diversity. In this conceptual
framework, the paper will follow the evolution of the place envisaged for diversity
in the country’s political identity and political institutions in the post-Soviet period.
The study will propose a periodization based on contrasting responses of the state
to the diversity challenge in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The political regime
change correlated with the shift in the political institutional model from a
multinational federation towards a nation-state. The new vision of political identity
was reflected in the strategies of diversity management.