The Challenges of Religious Pluralism in Post-Sowjet Russia

Kathy Rousselet

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After demonstrating that religious diversity in Russia is due both to the multinational character of the Russian Federation and to processes of increased globalization, this introduction to the issue of religious pluralism in post-Soviet Russia describes the logic of certain socio-religious tensions in the country.

It emphasizes two essential problems of managing religious plurality: Islam and new religious movements. It shows how the model of “laïcité” has developed during the past decade, with the Russian State oscillating between various types of legitimization which are related to its heterogeneous cultural heritage. It also analyses how the Russian-Orthodox Church has opposed religious individualization by referring to a communal religion.

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:

Rousselet, Kathy. The Challenges of Religious Pluralism in Post-Sowjet Russia. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2000, vol. 2, no.2, pp. 55-75. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574.

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