№ 3, 2006
The author focuses on the dynamics of inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations and the way these are reflected in public opinion. Based on the VCIOM surveys’ data, L.Byzov ascertains a slow and gradual aggravation of enmity, but at the same time cannot find an empirical prove for an avalanche-type growth of tension. The article studies the reasons which, according to Russians, cause the intensification of such tensions, and categorizes answers according to age groups. A particular attention is paid to the issues of Russian nationalism and attitude to a multinational character of the Russian state. Whereas multinational problems are quite real and potentially can create serious threats to stability, the inter-confessional situation, mainly along the ‘Orthodoxy-Islam’ line, is much healthier.
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