The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

Synopsis

The USSR was home to virtually every major world religion, yet every creed but one, Marxism-Leninism, was suppressed until the penultimate years of the Soviet regime. This summary truth has now given way to a very complex and multifarious reality. As an important, sometimes inseparable, part of national heritage, religion is closely, sometimes perversely, caught up in the new post-Soviet politics of nation-state building. For good or for ill, it will be an important factor shaping the future: whether it fulfills its potential as an agent of spiritual renewal and social reconciliation, or is suborned by cynical power seekers, will vary with time, place, and circumstance.

This volume examines the concatenation of religion and nationalism in several regions of the former Soviet Union. John B. Dunlop, Dimitry Pospielovsky, Mikhail Sivertsev, Vsevolod Chaplin, and the editor focus on Russia; Bohdan Bociurkiw, Serhiey Bilokin, and Vasyl Markus on Ukraine; Robert F. Goeckel on the Baltic states; Rafik and Erjan Kurbanov on the Caucasus; and Murial Atkin, M. Nazif Shahrani, and Abdujabar Abduvakitov on Central Asia.

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This book is the third in a projected series of ten volumes produced by the Russian Littoral Project, sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland at College Park and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. As directors of the project, we share the conviction that the transformation of the former Soviet republics into independent states demands systematic analysis of the determinants of the domestic and foreign policies of the new countries. the series is intended to provide a basis for comprehensive scholarly study of these issues.

We would like to thank the contributors to this volume for their help in making the first phase of the Russian Littoral Project a success and for revising their papers in a timely fashion. We are especially grateful to Canon Michael Bourdeaux of Keston Research Institute, Oxford, for acting as such an excellent editor. No one else could have brought his depth of experience in studying religion in communist and former communist lands, and we are grateful for his help in shaping the intellectual agenda for the conference. in addition to the academic papers presented during the regular sessions of the conference, several speeches were delivered by activists who contributed to our knowledge of the real situation for believers and religious institutions in the former Soviet Union. Some of the information presented is reflected in this volume, although the contributions themselves could not be reprinted here. For their part, we would like to thank Fr. Gleb Yakunin, Bishop Basil Rodzianko, Evgen Sverstiuk, Dadahan Hasanov, and Abdoumannob Poulatov. in addition, we are grateful to Janine Ludlam, the executive director of the project, for her skillful handling of the complex logistics of the workshops on which the book is based and for her unstinting labor in preparing the final manuscript. Thanks also go to Florence Rotz for her assistance in typing and editing the contributions by the scholars from the newly independent states and to Michael Turner for help in page proofing.

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