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Putin taps popular culture for legitimacy

Russian leader has co-opted themes from a working-class Russian rock band to legitimise his government and reinforce patriotism.

Popular culture also shapes political ideology, and this is the case in Russia, where many of the ideological schemes of the Putin regime were already present in the 1990s pop culture realm.

Washington, DC

THE analytical tools of political science - which variously describe the Russian regime as undemocratic, illiberal, authoritarian or patronal - fall short of providing an understanding of legitimacy mechanisms at work in the Russian society. Popular culture, often seen as...

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