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25/03/2014

Anti-Americanism like never before as the core of the Kremlin’s official ideology

Filed under: riflessioni — Paolo Porsia @ 3:46 PM

Vladimir Shlapentokh

Anti-Americanism like never before as the core of the Kremlin’s official ideology

 Vladimir Shlapentokh

          From the 1930s until Perestroika, anti-Americanism held an “honorable” place in Kremlin propaganda. It peaked in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and declined after Stalin’s death. However, even when anti-Americanism raged, it was never the core of Soviet propaganda. Under Stalin and each of his successors, Soviet propaganda was based primarily on positive ideology, with socialist principles and nationalist ideals, faith in a radiant future, and, of course, belief in the superiority of the existing Soviet system over the Western one.

          Anti-Americanism disappeared from the Russian media from the first years of Perestroika through the last years of Yeltsin’s regime. The USA was treated positively, in much the same way as the Russian liberal intellectuals in the 1960-70s had perceived America as a model for their country. The first shift toward a return…

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