Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Who supports the war? And who protests? The legacies of Tzarist social divide in Russia

Lankina, Tomila V. ORCID: 0000-0002-8303-1747 (2023) Who supports the war? And who protests? The legacies of Tzarist social divide in Russia. LSE Public Policy Review, 3 (1). ISSN 2633-4046

[img] Text (Lankina__Legacies-of-tzarist-social-divide-in-Russia--published) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (557kB)

Identification Number: 10.31389/lseppr.76


Although Russian studies is a thriving field, there are significant gaps in our knowledge of Russian politics and society. One of the most significant blind spots is how Russian support for the war remains apparently robust, despite the atrocities inflicted on Ukraine and the tenuous justifications that have been offered for war. I draw on my own research to make sense of social responses to autocracy and the war. Specifically, I highlight the deep and intractable social inequalities within Russia that date back to the tzarist times and that the communist project never succeeded in obliterating. The social divides help explain why there has been no mass opposition to autocracy and the war.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 16:09
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 23:29

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics