Nationalism, National Identity and the Post-Soviet Russian Military

Led by Sven Gunnar Simonsen
Jan 1997 - Dec 2002
This doctoral project analysed nationalist attitudes among Russian officers in relation to identity-related circumstances that have changed with the dissolution of the USSR: the state has a different political system, new (narrower) borders, a new (lower) international status and an altered (more homogenous) ethnic composition. The project was supervised by Pål Kolstø and Pavel Baev. The Dr. Philos. dissertation was submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Oslo and defended in April 2002.


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2005) Between Minority Rights and Civil Liberties: Russia’s Discourse Over “Nationality” Registration and the Internal Passport, Nationalities Papers 33(2): 211–229.

PhD Thesis

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2002) Pains of Partition. Nationalism, National Identity, and the Military in Post-Soviet Russia. PhD thesis, Oslo.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2001) Marching to a Different Drum? Political orientations and nationalism in Russia's armed forces, Communist Studies & Transition Politics 17(1): 41–64.