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Krastev I 117
Culture/Policy of Russia/Krastev: Putin (...): 'We must not lose our cultural roots and all that was formed over the centuries by the various peoples and religions here and was saved and preserved for future generations at the most diffcult turning points in our country's history' was Putin's offcial line after 2012.(1)
Krastev: Russia's new strategy had two elements: a conservative turn away from fake Westernization at home and new initiatives of aggressive imitation abroad. The Kremlin's putative return to traditional conservative values, signalling and sealing its repudiation of Western liberalism, was not totally unexpected.
Huntington: Russia's nationalistminded intellectuals enthusiastically endorsed the late Harvard professor's claim that 'the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily
ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural“.(2)
Krastev: Along similar lines, a hard-shelled state that can be integrated safely into the global economy only if its national traditions, domestic politics and civil society are sealed offto some extent from external influences has been a principal goal of Putin's state-building project ever since he acceded to power. >Policy of Russia/Krastev.
Krastev: From Putin's perspective, an important source of his regime's vulnerability is the Russian elite's cultural and financial dependence on the West. Putin controls everything in Russia except the things that really matter: the price of hydrocarbons, public sentiments (his popularity dropped significantly in 2018-2019)(3), and to some extent the loyalty of the rich.

1. Meeting of the Council for Culture and Art (October 2, 2013),
2. Samuel P. Huntington, 'The Clash of Civilizations?' Foreign Affairs 72:3 (Summer, 1993), p. 156.
3. Henry Foy, 'Russia's Trust in Vladimir Putin Falls to At Least 13-year Low', Financial Times (21 January 2019).

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