It’s Time to Stop Admiring the “Russian Soul”


A mysterious “Russian soul” has been an object of international admiration for centuries. UkraineWorld explains why this admiration is naïve. Russia’s love for “wide” horizons, “borderless” thinking, and “extreme” emotions has deprived it of key elements of Western civilisation: the idea of balance and proportions. In Russian culture, the distinctions between good and evil are difficult to draw. — Hosts: Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher and journalist, chief editor at UkraineWorld.org, and Tetyana Ogarkova, Ukrainian scholar and journalist who is in charge of international outreach at the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre. The “Explaining Ukraine” podcast is a product by UkraineWorld.org and Internews Ukraine.