Sunday, June 19, 2022

Moscow Can Easily Get Around Constitutional Ban on State Ideology, Danilin Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 1 – The 1993 Russian Constitution bans the proclamation of a state ideology, but that ban, Pavel Danilin argues, can be easily gotten around if the Kremlin presents the provisions that would normally be counted as an ideology as a set of state goals everyone must support.

            The head of the Moscow Institute for Political Analysis concedes that “the Constitution restricts the introduction of an official ideology; but this ban can be gotten around if the state presents its ideology as a state goal which must be among the nation’s priorities” (

            Danilin thus makes explicit what many have assumed – namely, that Vladimir Putin doesn’t need to revise the Russian Constitution on this point but simply can end run its ban on ideology by calling his ideology in the best Orwellian tradition he has followed so often by another name.

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