Russia – and its officials - still searching for its identity

More than 100 days into his third presidency, Vladimir Putin has yet to propose a theme for Russia’s future development.

Countries, just like people, suffer from identity crises, which I would define as inability to fully comprehend their worldwide raison d'être (known, for example, in Russia as “the national idea”), their true values and aspirations, and, most importantly, their vision for the future. The identity crisis also often involves a gap between ordinary citizens and the country’s leadership as well as discontent between different social groups.

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