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Online Event: Russia in the Post-Soviet Space: National Identity and Citizenship Regime

April 20, 2020 • 10:00 – 10:45 am EDT

A lingering tension exists between the borders of the Russian Federation and the mental maps of “Russianness” in the minds of many Russians. Moscow has grappled with the question of how to address the issue of ethnic Russians in neighboring states - who often express their loyalty to Russia - in both domestic and foreign policy since 1992. Starting in 2014, the Russian government started changing Russian citizenship law to allow rapid proliferation of Russian citizenship in neighboring states. Will the new citizenship policy become the major instrument of Russian influence in the region? What will be the consequences of the transnational citizenship regime for Russian national identity?

This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Jeffrey Mankoff
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program