Natsionalizm: Enemies and Scapegoats

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This article is about natsionalizm as an instrumental concept used manipulatively in the Soviet state by the ruling elite. It argues that accusations of natsionalizm in the Soviet Union served a particular purpose of manipulation and punishment. An instrumental character of accusations turned the victims into enemies and sacrificial scapegoats in order to prove the righteousness of the Soviet society. This article uses case studies from the recent history of one of the Russian republics, Republic of Sakha (Iakutiia).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-58
Number of pages29
JournalSibirica : Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Sakha (Iakutiia)
  • nationalism
  • repression
  • scapegoat


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