1st Edition

Russia’s Cultural Statecraft

Edited By Tuomas Forsberg, Sirke Mäkinen Copyright 2022
    262 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focusses on Russia’s cultural statecraft in dealing with a number of institutional cultural domains such as education, museums and monuments, high arts and sport. It analyses to what extent Russia’s cultural activities abroad have been used for foreign policy purposes, and perceived as having a political dimension.

    Building on the concept of cultural statecraft, the authors present a broad and nuanced view of how Russia sees the role of culture in its external relations, how this shapes the image of Russia, and the ways in which this cultural statecraft is received by foreign audiences. The expert team of contributors consider: what choices are made in fostering this agenda; how Russian state authorities see the purpose and limits of various cultural instruments; to what extent can the authorities shape these instruments; what domains have received more attention and become more politicised and what fields have remained more autonomous. The methodological research design of the book as a whole is a comparative case study comparing the nature of Russian cultural statecraft across time, target countries and diverse cultural domains.

    It will be of interest to scholars and students of Russian foreign policy and external relations and those working on the role of culture in world politics.

    1. Introduction: Russia’s Cultural Statecraft
    2. Tuomas Forsberg and Sirke Mäkinen

    3. Higher Education as a Tool for Cultural Statecraft?
    4. Sirke Mäkinen

    5. Fine Arts and International Relations: Russian Museum Diplomacy
    6. Julia Bethwaite

    7. Forging Common History: Russia’s Cultural Statecraft and the Soviet Second World War Monuments in Europe
    8. Lina Klymenko

    9. ‘Russian literature will fix everything’: The Read Russia Project and Cultural Statecraft
    10. Angelos Theocharis

    11. The Future State: Russian Cinema and Neoliberal Cultural Statecraft
    12. Vlad Strukov

    13. Soviet Legacies and Global Contexts: Classical Music and Russia’s Cultural Statecraft
    14. Elina Viljanen

    15. Stagecraft in the Service of Statecraft? Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
    16. Mari Pajala and Dean Vuletic

    17. International Events in the Service of Cultural Statecraft: The Sochi Olympics and the World Festival of Youth and Students
    18. Pia Koivunen

    19. Sport as Cultural Statecraft: Russia and the Kontinental Hockey League
    20. Tuomas Forsberg

    21. In Search of Past Glory: Russia’s Cultural Statecraft in the Age of Decline

    Sergei Medvedev


    Sirke Mäkinen is University Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland, and the Head of the Nationwide Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) programme.

    Tuomas Forsberg is Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) at the University of Helsinki and Professor of International Relations at Tampere University.

    "This book is a fascinating contribution to both IR and Russian studies, as it elaborates a useful tool for understanding the role of culture in international politics and presents the analysis of various domains of Russia’s cultural statecraft thus exploring an important but largely neglected aspect of its international activity."

    Olga Malinova, Higher School of Economics, Russia.

    "This innovative analysis of cultural statecraft shifts the focus away from the competitive and ultimately reductionist notion of ‘soft power’ to the inherent grace of cultural achievement and interactions at the state and interstate level, theorising the elements of contention and cooperation and combining them into a coherent new paradigm. A brilliant and original team effort."

    Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, UK.