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How Monotony Transforms into Dichotomy

East-West Division in the Post-Soviet North Caucasus

Sufian Zhemukhov

A nuanced reading of the current situation in the North Caucasus reveals two main trends that articulate in confrontation with Russian nationalism. First, in the eastern part of the region, particularly in Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia, a shift from nationalism to Islam has taken place, and the ties between religion and political machine are strong and visible. Second, and by contrast, in the western part of the region, including Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, and North Ossetia, nationalism has increased, and the political elites seldom practice religion publicly.

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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

sacrilegious transgression of the sacred space of Russian Orthodoxy, but as the violation of a civic space of a certain Russian nationalism, one that in many ways is quite secular. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is not a diocesan church but a monument

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Iver B. Neumann

and the first decades of the twentieth century. As an even more distant anchor, Dugin ([1997] 1999: 255 ) alludes to the state’s position of official nationalism as it looked from 1825 onward, by stressing how Russian nationalism is a question of