Dignity as a Central Category of World Politics and its Russian Version
Oleg Kharkhordin, European University of St. Petersburg
October 7, 2019 · 4:30 pm—6:15 pm EDT · 144 Louis A. Simpson Building
Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Dignity has become a central concern in Russian politics in recent years. if the government is stressing the fact that the dignity of the country was put into question as a result of the collapse of the USSR, and thus it should be resolutely defended, the opposition is stressing that dignity is currently the main object of electoral battles around e.g. the swapping of places between Putin and Medvedev in 2011-2012, current campaign for seats in the Moscow city parliament and othere cases of electoral authoritarianism. But if the government is stressing the dignity of the country, the opposition is stressing the dignity of an individual. Also, this debate on dignity happens in a larger context.