Resurrection of the Temple. The Role of the State in Shaping Regional Political Identity



The disintegration of the USSR in 1991 left Russia’s new leaders without a “defining idea” (Gill 2005:494); recently, the Russian political leadership has clearly demonstrated that religion should play a stronger role in the search for such. For example, at the 2012 pre-election meeting with the leaders of the “traditional religious communities”, Vladimir Putin—then the Prime Minister and a presidential candidate—stated that, “since the collapse of the Soviet Union, our country has lived through turbulent times and, in moral questions, could not rely on anything else except for religious values”.


National Identity Religious Identity Political Identity Shaping Regional Church Building 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Culture and LiteratureUiT—The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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