Racism in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

  • Nikolay Zakharov
  • Ian Law
  • Aliaksei Lastouski
Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)


These predominantly Christian societies have never had their own statehood within their present borders prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and since that time they for a long period were in the sphere of influence of Moscow. The chapter considers the connectedness of racist discourses with racist practices in the former metropolis, while stressing such historical distinctiveness as the long-standing anti-Semite and anti-Tsygan (anti-Gypsy) narratives and practices within these western edges of the former Russian Empire, tracing their logic and dynamics in present-day societies of Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. This chapter outlines a new path and logic of racialization processes in the context of mass migration, the search for national identity, and deterioration of relations with Russia.


Language Policy Racial Discrimination Baltic State Social Racism Russian Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay Zakharov
    • 1
  • Ian Law
    • 2
  • Aliaksei Lastouski
    • 3
  1. 1.UppsalaSweden
  2. 2.LeedsUK
  3. 3.MinskBelarus

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