Staunton, October 7 – Russian society is now divided between “Russian Europeans” and members of a new species, “Homo Putinisticus,” according to Russian sociologist Igor Eidman; and on the outcome of the battle between these two groups depends not only the future of Russia but much else besides.
In a Deutsche Welle commentary, Eidman notes that each era promotes a set of values which defines the modal personality in it. During the period of the USSR, for example, most people shared a set of values which justified referring to them as homo soveticus (dw.com/ru/комментарий-homo-putinisticus-и-русские-европейцы/a-35971929).
“The Soviet man,” he continues, passed from the scene in the early 1990s just as the Soviet Union did; and now, in its place has emerged under Vladimir Putin a sufficiently distinctive and “new social type” that can perhaps be most appropiately described as homo putinisticus, even though it has not spread to the entire population.
This new man arose “under the influence of two main factors,” the shock of the reforms of the 1990s which discredited democratic market reforms and integration with the West, and “the hurrah patriotic propaganda of recent years” that has promoted “chauvinism, clericalism, and xenophobia.”
Eidman draws his conclusions on the basis of research conducted by the Friedrich Nauman Foundation and several Levada Center polls on Russian values. (For the former, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2016/10/most-russians-say-they-want-to-live-in.htmllevada.ru/2016/08/22/vospriyatie-ssha-ukrainy-i-zhitelej-etih-gosudarstv/