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On Monday 20th of January 2014 a regular guest of the MFA Jefim Fištejn, gave the lecture about Russia in 21st century.


On Monday 20th of January 2014 a regular guest of the MFA Jefim Fištejn, a journalist and until recently the director of the Russian broadcast at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s editorial office and a leading expert on post-soviet territory accepted an invitation by the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of the CR. In his lecture “Russia in 21st century” he focused on topics like Russian foreign policy in 2013, last development and prognosis concerning Russian economy, newly adopted laws, or even the remarkable attempt to ideologically fixate the current socio-politic order.

According to Fištejn the year 2013 brought us mainly growing self-confidence of the Russian Federation that resulted primarily from the last year’s diplomatic success that concerned the problem of Syrian chemical weapons and that was strengthened by other convenient factors. Firstly it was the case of Edward Snowden that allowed Russia to get into medially favourable position. Snowden brought to the country unexpected opportunity to act a high-principled position. At the same time Russia stayed in the spotlight of international public as a host of a highly prestigious sport event – the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.

Despite this success the balance of this evolution demonstrates itself  by stagnation and recession of the Russian economy related to worsening future prospects. Jefim Fištejn elaborated the situation in the key sectors of the national economy, Russian budget and financial policy and its relation to the latest world happenings.

The last topic concerned an analysis of the legitimization discourse expressed by the politic authorities of the country, mainly then by the president Vladimir Putin. In the centre of this pioneering attempt to explicitly and ideologically situate and fixate the Russian order is the concept of symbiosis between the universally valid values like statism, patriotism and folksiness, that Russians can consider their own personal contribution. The specifics thus formulated lead at the end the country to explicitly consider itself as a defender of traditional values, i.e. the values the West allegedly doesn’t pay enough attention to. Jefim Fištejn pointed out some unexpected reactions this conception provoked in western political environment as well as the conception’s concretization in new legislation, mainly in the law banning the homosexual propaganda.