Seminar: “How Important Are Traditional Values for Putin’s Support?”, August 30 (NUPI, Norway)

Since at least 2011–12, the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin has increasingly based its claims to legitimacy on support for “traditional” Russian values, values that have included religious and anti-LGBTQ+ appeals. We know very little, however, about whether this has actually worked. This reflects a larger gap in our understanding of authoritarian legitimacy: To what extent can legitimacy be shored up by illiberal “traditionalist” appeals?

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