6 April 2011
No.95: Russia and Sports: Politics, Business and National Identity
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines the role of sport in Russian politics, business and national identity building. Ben Aris considers the Russian leadership’s strategy of hosting international sporting events as a driver for infrastructural development. Valery Dzutsev analyses the preparations for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, highlighting corruption, the Circas¬sian issue and security concerns. Markku Jokisipilä discusses how Putin’s ‘national champion’ model is being used to support Russian sport with the aim of strengthening national identity.
© 2011 Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Center for Security Studies (CSS), German Association for East European Studies (DGO), Institute of History, University of Basel
Ben Aris, Valery Dzutsev, Markku Jokisipilä
Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov