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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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Russia and the West

Russia and the West

Toward Understanding

(p.433) Afterword Russia and the West

Vladimir I. Yakunin

NYU Press

This afterword examines the question of whether Russia is part of that entity known as “the West” or “Western civilization.” It argues that Russia developed as an alternative (to the Western) Christian Orthodox civilization. On the main issues of existence it never offered different solutions to those of the West and thus became its existential partner and opponent—however much the Russian state and elite periodically endeavored to avoid that. In the West, Russia is criticized for being slow to assimilate the values of the market and of democracy. However, the nation is still searching for the types of institutions that would achieve a balance between and reconcile very disparate values. Thus, the chapter argues that Russia is an ailing nation, but one with the potential for improvement and mutual cooperation with other nations.

Keywords:   Western civilization, Russia, Christian orthodox civilization, capitalism, democracy, mutual cooperation

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