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This paper discusses how Russia faces many problems associated with the post-Soviet nationalist issue. The paper focuses on the dilemmas inherent in Chechnya and Transcaucasia and shows how many different national identities seek political and cultural autonomy. The paper asserts that the possibility of a peaceful evolution of each cultural ethnicity's pursuit of national identity remains remote.
From the Paper:"Today, Russia faces many problems associated with the post-Soviet nationalist issue. The dilemmas inherent in the Chechnya and Transcaucasia situation epitomize this fact well. Many different national identities seek political and cultural autonomy. The problem is that these objectives not only threaten Russia, but also cause conflict among other national identities as well. The possibility of a peaceful evolution of each cultural ethnicity's pursuit of national identity remains remote.
"Today, Chechnya represents a key example in the problem connected to nationalist identity within Russia. Chechnya is a secessionist, self-proclaimed "independent" republic in the Northern Caucasus. It would be no exaggeration to say that if the war with Chechnya is not stopped, the future of democracy in Russia will be endangered, as will the ability of Chechens to form their own national identity in peace and stability. One of the threats to the Russian government, meanwhile, is that the Chechen pursuit of national identity could lead to the establishment of a Muslim state. (Perlez, p.A14) Thus, religious matters blend with cultural and ethnic ones.
"The problem with Chechnya reveals the overall deep-rooted dispositions of xenophobia and ethnic hatred within Russia. The Russians are very racist toward the Chechens. This racial disposition is connected to the fear of the rise of radical Islam in Eurasia. Islamic indoctrination, as well as some weapons and money, come to the Northern Caucasus from the Muslim world. Indeed, there is a fusion of Chechen nationalism with elements of Islam, and this worries many Russians, as well as the Russian government. (Editorial)"
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Post-Soviet Nationalism (2003, October 10) Retrieved May 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/post-soviet-nationalism-38448/
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