Unleashing Russia’s Nationalism: An In-depth Look into the Ukraine War

BY: Ali Omar Forozish

Ukraine seeks West integration, while Russia considers it part of its sphere of influence in the conflict.

Russian nationalism fuels the Ukraine conflict, driven by Putin's decades-long promotion of nationalism and recent aggression.

Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian rebels sparked a deadly conflict, violating Ukraine's sovereignty.

Russian nationalism dates back to the 18th century and has been fueled by writers and leaders, including Emperor Alexander I.

Russian writers glorified their culture as superior to others and lauded Russian martyrs, ingraining national pride in Russians.

Russian Romanticism glorified culture, language, and Orthodoxy. The Empire's expansion through Central Asia and the Caucasus fueled nationalism.

Russia's nationalism driven by history of invasions, attacks and desire for a strong leader due to a sense of being wronged.

Russians crave a strong leader who can protect them from threats, making them tolerate authoritarian rulers and support Putin.