Under the European Russia project the European Dialogue group talks to experts about values and understanding of these values shared by the Russian and the European nations. Our conversation with Edward Ponarin, Laboratory of Comparative Social Studies, Higher School of Economics, Head, highlights the way religion influences diversity of values in Europe, why Russia sees an increasing demand for developing a grand national idea and how the government capitalises on this demand
Under the European Russia project we talk to experts about values and understanding of these values shared by the Russian and the European nations. Vladimir Magun, Head, Laboratory of comparative studies of mass mentality, Higher School of Economics, Head, Personality studies department, Sociology Institute, Federal Scientific Center for Sociological Studies, Russian Academy of Science, told us about the values, which Russia lacks to boost its economic growth and why conservative u-turn and public rhetoric, which puts state interests above the personal ones are misaligned with value-affecting changes that happened 10-15 years ago.
Under the “European Russia” project “European Dialogue” hosts a number of talks about values and how they are perceived by the Russian and the European nations. We asked Maxim Rudnev, leading researcher from Public Mentality Research Lab of National Research University of Higher School of Economics about how social sciences studied values, what kind of patterns linking values to behaviour had been uncovered recently, and did such phenomenon as “European values” exist at all?
We should not be misled by the seeming similarity of the European and Eurasian unions as they both have different underlying processes running within. However, the main issue is not the fact that Big Eurasia is becoming a scene for collision between two mutually rejecting alliance-building principles. The key issue is that Russia is claiming right to speak on behalf of Eurasia
Under the “European Russia” project “European Dialogue” hosts a number of talks about values and how they are perceived by the Russian and the European nations. First we decided to meet with Ella Paneyakh, social scientist and associated professor of National Research University of Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, and talk about the definition of values per se, how values drive individual and group behavior, and whether the difference in values of the Europeans and the Russians can be determined through the use of polling technologies
Russia is once again facing the need to choose among the options of civilisational development. Eugene Gontmaher and Nickolay Petrov discuss the current state of relations between Europe and Russia, factors that may influence them, as well as why Russia’s ability to make a leap forward into the future hinges on the country’s adherence to humanistic values. They believe that, given the current state of things, expert community being mindful of its responsibility towards the society should resume the dialogue about the country’s future at all levels. In the light of this European Dialogue expert group initiated a new project that is called European Russia featuring a sequence of both internal discussions about Russia’s European path as well as dialogues with international experts on mutual experience of tackling common threats
At first glance, when it comes to values, Russia may seem very close to Europe. However, the case is far from being that clear. Nickolay Petrov talks at a conference in Berlin about how Europe is seen in Russia from the perspective of space, time, and ideology.
At a conference in Berlin Ivan Kurilla talks about mental concept of geography. He believes in a triangle formed by Russia, Europe, and America, in which every structural region perceives the remaining world with a cautious regard to the views of its “neighbours”. If so, then Russia can also be defined as a conglomerate of nations and territories, which for various reasons failed to become part of Europe