Anna Tiido, The Russian Language as a Soft Power Tool: The Construction of National Identity by the Kremlin, October 2018
The paper argues that Russian language is an important item in the authorities’ toolbox that is used both to strengthen the regime inside Russia and to spread Russian influence abroad. The current tendency to reinforce the ethnic Russian identity is contrary to the civic, multi-ethnic national identity expressed in the Russian constitution. These developments can be a source of instability inside and outside Russia.
Find the full report here: https://efpi.icds.ee/the-russian-language-as-a-soft-power-tool-the-construction-of-national-identity-by-the-kremlin/