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CANCELLED! Patriotism, Militarism and Upbringing in Post-Soviet Russia

This event has been cancelled to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Senior Fellow Håvard Bækken (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies) will give a talk about the increasing military exposure in the Russian civil society since the late 1990s.

Children from the Russian Yunarmia

Over half a million children and youth is now recruited to the Russian Yunarmia.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Increased military exposure

Since the late 1990s, the Russian civil society has become increasingly exposed to the military world. The exposure is broad-based, encompassing both military parades and war memorials, patriotic storytelling in Russian schools, and outright military training both in schools and youth clubs. State-initiated programs for patriotic upbringing are on the rise, and the so-called "Young Army Cadets National Movement" (Yunarmia) has recruited over half a million children and youth in just a few years, where military actors are directly involved in most of the activities. In his talk, Håvard Bækken will explain the increasing military exposure, and explore several issues related to this development. Which processes can explain the ongoing militarization of the civil society? What role does the military actors play in this regard, and what do they want to achieve? And how do the militaristic politics appeal to the Russian public opinion?

Where and when

March 20, 3.15 PM , Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus. Tea and coffee will be served. Registration is required due to space restrictions, but all interested are welcome. NB! The talk will be given in Norwegian.

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About the speaker

Håvard Bækken is currently a Senior Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), doing research on the security implications of resurgent state patriotism in Russia. He has also been working as a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and as guest researcher at the Norwegian University Centre in St. Petersburg and the EU-Russia Centre in Brussels. He has been teaching Russian politics and history at the Institute of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at University of Oslo, and Russian language at the Nansen Academy. He holds a PhD in Russian Area Studies and a MA in European and American studies.

Published Jan. 19, 2020 1:49 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2020 2:19 PM