Staff in the Department of Russian
Publication details for Professor Andy Byford2012 'The Russian Diaspora in International Relations: “Compatriots” in Britain', Europe Asia Studies 64, pp. 715-735
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0966-8136, 1465-3427
- DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2012.660764
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
The article examines the harnessing of the contemporary Russian diaspora in certain domains of Russia's international relations. It looks specifically at Russian officialdom's ambivalent efforts at developing and engaging with a global network of state-backed diaspora associations, especially as instruments of cultural outreach. The focus is on the relatively recent implementation of this strategy in the West. The first half of the article discusses the ideological ambiguities of this project in general terms; the second examines how it plays itself out in practice, on the example of the United Kingdom. The article suggests that analysing the ambiguities established in the relationship between state and diasporic structures in this context is vital to understanding the current role of the Russian state in the politics of Russian diasporisation.