This book is the first–ever study of Russian conspiracy theories in the post–Soviet period. It explores how the West is portrayed in these conspiracy theories and how this image is used to create public support for the Kremlin. It examines why these conspiracy theories have emerged and gained currency in Russia and what role intellectuals have played in this process. The book shows how, in the new millennium, the image of the ′dangerous, conspiring West′ provides national unity and has helped legitimize Russia′s rapid turn to authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin.Fortress Russia provides a unique and valuable insight into the political climate in Russia, where conspiracy theories play a significant role in shaping attitudes and policies towards the West. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Russian politics and to anyone who wishes to understand Russia s role in the world today.
- Chapter 1: Building Fortress Russia
- Chapter 2: The Spectres of conspiracy mythmaking
- Chapter 3: In Search of the agents of perestroika
- Chapter 4: Sovereign democracy and its enemies
- Chapter 5: Battling against foreign agents
- Chapter 6: Shadows of the colour revolution
- Chapter 7: The War has begun