Russian Public Diplomacy: Historical Aspects

  • Olga Lebedeva
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations book series (SID)


This chapter reflects on public diplomacy actors in Russia, including not only states and diplomats but also individuals, groups and institutions involved in intercultural and inter-communal exchange, which influence international relations within the framework of relations between two or more states. Every day, individual citizens, non-governmental organisations and transnational corporations play an active part in discussions on international relations issues.

Public diplomacy in itself is by no means a substitute for the traditional one; it successfully supplements traditional diplomacy and allows us to prepare the most favourable political climate for subsequent steps in the foreign policy arena.


Russian public diplomacy History VOKS Cold War 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olga Lebedeva
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  1. 1.Department for International RelationsMGIMO UniversityMoscowRussia

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