Putin Sets New Goals for Russian National Identity

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Baev, Pavel K. (2004) Putin Sets New Goals for Russian National Identity, Eurasia Daily Monitor. 5 November.

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At the core of its national identity, Russia is neither a nuclear super-power nor a spoiled petro-state, but a country of hopeless football fans. The Soviet leadership sought to measure athletic prowess by the total number of Olympic medals and ice hockey in particular, but football always remained the people's choice.

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