From February to October 1992, Valery Tishkov served as Minister of Nationalities of the government of Russia. This book is his account of ethnicity, nationalism, and conflict in the territory of the former Soviet Union, focusing particularly on the Russian federation, and drawing on his personal political experience and inside knowledge of major events. He analyzes the demographic, ecological, and cultural backgrounds of ethnic tensions and conflict, and carefully measures grassroots ethnic attitudes and cultural interactions, which do not always correspond to intellectual and political statements and claims.
Chapter 13: Strategies for Ethnic Accord in Post-Soviet States
Conflicts and intolerance in Rossia and in the other Soviet successor states have given rise to skepticism as to the ability of these states to undertake the process of democratic transformation. Most serious doubts were expressed after the territory of Rossia became an arena of ethnic cleansing and warfare. There is a noticeable apathy, and even resistance, to searching for constructive and peaceful approaches to manage conflicting ethnicity inside the country. Simplistic responses based on the politics of denial and force are finding a growing number of proponents, which promises to make the ethnic factor even more unmanageable. Outside Rossia, we may see the return of deeply entrenched clichés and long-cherished ...