Matthew Blackburn

Researcher at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. He completed his doctoral thesis on nationalist discourses and the imagined nation in Post-Soviet Russia at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on political legitimation, memory politics, nationalism and identity politics in the Post-Soviet space. His recent publications include ‘Mainstream Russian Nationalism and the “State-Civilization-Identity”’ (Nationalities papers) and ‘Political Legitimacy in Contemporary Russia’ (Russian Politics) (2020).

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Articles by Matthew Blackburn

  1. United Russia’s Hollow Victory? Managing Outcomes and Retaining the Status Quo in the 2021 Duma Elections

    The 2021 Duma Elections have confirmed the Kremlin’s increased reliance on repression and manipulation to obtain the desired results. The 2021 elections show the top-down management of Russia’s electoral authoritarianism to be efficient. With electoral outcomes comprehensively managed, Russia’s political system has never before so closely resembled that of Belarus.

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