Putin’s Understanders, Russia’s Normalizers: Discursive Palettes Beyond the East–West Divide

Andrey Makarychev, Yulia Kurnyshova, Stefano Braghiroli, Aliaksei Kazharski, Sanshiro Hosaka, Radityo Dharmaputra, Clarissa Tabosa

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This Forum focuses on a variety of discourses that in one way or another “understand” and normalize the logic of Putin’s war against Ukraine. These discourses have different episte-mologies – some of them might simply reproduce Russian propagandistic cliches, while others are embedded in – and adjusted to – specific national contexts; some of them emanate from political milieus, while others have academic pedigrees. Of particular interest for the reader is a comparative frame of the Forum that gives floor to European and non-European perspectives on the topic that at some point resonate, engage, and communicate with each other. The authors discuss social and cultural conditions that produce professional and vernacular narratives sym-pathetic to or compatible with the Russian officialdom, and deploy them in different theoretical contexts – from neorealist to post-colonial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Regional Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • analogical reasoning
  • global south
  • pro-Russian narratives


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