Valery Engel

Valery Engel is an expert on radical right movements in the former Soviet Union, with a special interest is the comparative and motivational analysis of European xenophobia and radicalism. Engel is the chairman of the expert board of the European International Tolerance Center (EITC). He is one of the authors, the chief editor and scientific director of the EITC project "Xenophobia, Radicalism and Hate Crime in Europe."

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

Aug 21, 2019

It should be recognized that there is a significant difference between European and post-Soviet right-wing radicalism. The difference between these two strands of radicalism is that the post-Soviet radicals are a large systemic element in the political structure in many countries of the former Soviet Union, having affected the formation...

Can Multiculturalism Triumph in Europe?

Mar 11, 2019

Is it possible to achieve a triumph of multiculturalism and social cohesion in democratic societies?  As the popularity and influence of right-wing radicalism grow in Europe, a question has arisen as to whether democracy is actually able to ensure stability and multicultural development. Indeed, how efficient is the democratic struggle...

Is the Latvian Government About to Settle the “Russian Issue”?

Jan 24, 2019

In Latvia, the Russian linguistic minority is faced with a choice — either accept the rules of the nationalist game or emigrate. On April 2, 2018, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis signed amendments to the education law that would effectively put an end to all Russian-language schooling in the country by...

Europe Is Caught in a Wheel of Xenophobia

Nov 08, 2018

The assimilation policy of integration, actively practiced across Europe, is one of the main prerequisites of xenophobia. The latest measurements in Europe show that after a sharp spike in xenophobia and radicalism in 2015 caused by the migration crisis, the situation has improved slightly, but in some respects it has...

Why Is Russia Not Stepping In to Protect its Compatriots Abroad?

Jul 26, 2018

By dismissing the possibility of sanctions against countries that adopted discriminatory measures against their Russian-speaking minorities, Putin essentially rejected aggressive foreign policy.  On June 7, 2018, Vladimir Putin confirmed on live television that Russia does not intend to enact economic and political sanctions against Latvia in response to its elimination...

The Roots of Europe's Xenophobia and Radicalism

May 09, 2018

If 25% of minorities are unwilling to accept the integration model of the state, then it is a crisis not only of integration, but of the national state itself. It is commonly believed that the main reason for radicalism in Europe is the presence of entrenched xenophobic traditions of the...

Right-Wing Radicalism in the Post-Soviet Space

Apr 10, 2018

Radical nationalism has long been a state ideology in some of the countries that once comprised the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. The ideology of the radical right is becoming increasingly popular across Europe. In the West, one key reason is the rapid change in the demographic picture as...