Anyone trespassing on any kind of sacred territory in Russia today must reckon with “millions of believers” taking offence and earnest calls to protect “traditional values”. This, writes Dmitry Uzlaner, is the stuff of political fetishism. And the stronger the fetish, the weaker the responsible citizen.
is associate professor of Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow, Russia) and editor-in-chief of the journal State, Religion and Church. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna.