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The Russian Diaspora in International Relations: “Compatriots” in Britain

Byford, Andy



The article examines the harnessing of the contemporary Russian diaspora in certain domains of Russia's international relations. It looks specifically at Russian officialdom's ambivalent efforts at developing and engaging with a global network of state-backed diaspora associations, especially as instruments of cultural outreach. The focus is on the relatively recent implementation of this strategy in the West. The first half of the article discusses the ideological ambiguities of this project in general terms; the second examines how it plays itself out in practice, on the example of the United Kingdom. The article suggests that analysing the ambiguities established in the relationship between state and diasporic structures in this context is vital to understanding the current role of the Russian state in the politics of Russian diasporisation.


Byford, A. (2012). The Russian Diaspora in International Relations: “Compatriots” in Britain. Europe-Asia Studies, 64(4), 715-735.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-06
Deposit Date Apr 12, 2011
Journal Europe-Asia Studies
Print ISSN 0966-8136
Electronic ISSN 1465-3427
Publisher Department of Central and East European Studies
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 4
Pages 715-735