Saturday, November 11, 2023

Russian Constitution Must Be Changed to Allow a State Ideology Lest One at Odds with the State Dominate, Gaida Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 9 – The 1993 Russian Constitution must be amended to allow for the promulgation of a state ideology, Anatoly Gaida says. Otherwise, other ideologies typically at odds with the state and society will emerge and be promoted by those who say they have no ideological agenda.

            Speaking to the Yekaterinburg Club, the advisor to the Sverdlovsk governor says that banning a state ideology did not eliminate ideology from Russia but rather allowed various people and particularly liberals hypocritically to spread their own ideology while denying they were doing so (

            Ideology always exists and guides people, Gaida says, and that is why it is necessary to be clear about what that ideology is rather than allow some to promote their own ideology under cover of denial as it were. That is what has happened in Russia over the last 30 years, and this situation must not be allowed to continue.

            According to him, “the 1993 Constitution is only the antithesis of the Soviet period, but denial cannot act as the basis for construction.” Instead, by stripping the state of the right to have an ideology, it made it impossible for the state to honestly set tasks and mobilize the population to achieve them.

            Consequently, the country’s basic law must be amended to allow for a state ideology and the state must clearly articulate and promote it. Otherwise, Russia will continue to be overinfluenced by liberal and anti-Russian values, something completely unacceptable now that the lines separating Russia and the liberal West have been so clearly drawn.

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