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DO WE NEED A STATE IDEOLOGY? YES, WE DO!
Author: Sergei Mironov
(By Sergei Mironov, chairman and State Duma faction leader of A Just Russia. Rossiiskaya gazeta, Dec. 13, 2016, p. 14. Condensed text:) Recently, public debate has increasingly focused on the question of whether Russia needs a state ideology. The reasons for this are quite clear. After all, a lot of the challenges and threats currently facing our country are not only geopolitical, military-strategic and financial-economic in nature - they also have a strong ideological component. Life is forcing us to find an adequate response to these sorts of challenges instead of hiding from them.
When Russia’s foes unleash virulent anti-Russian campaigns or propaganda wars against it, they are trying not only to weaken our foreign policy positions, but also to create confusion in the minds of Russians, weakening the people’s spirit and unity. When liars shamelessly rewrite the history of World War II, denigrating and distorting the role our country played in achieving the Great Victory over fascism, that is yet another example of ideological provocation and sabotage.. ..
This raises the question of whether it is justified for Art. 13 of the Russian Constitution to state: "No ideology may be established as a state ideology or an obligatory ideology." I suppose I agree on the obligatory part - an obligatory [ideology] has no place in a democratic society. Free citizens have the right to their own opinion on any matter. But why was it decided to make the state completely "ideologically sterile," especially given that the war over ideas and values in the world is getting increasingly fierce? This warrants some serious thought. In a sense, we are stripping ourselves of all defenses in the face of foreign and fairly aggressive ideological influences.
It is easy to explain why this categorical passage was included in the Constitution back in the day. After all, that was a time when society had just freed ...