Why Russian Soft Power Is A Threat For Both Ukraine And Europe
Volodymyr Yermolenko, Director for analytics at Internews Ukraine and Chief Editor at UkraineWorld.org, explained why Russian soft power is a threat for both Ukraine And Europe.
In Western countries, there is a widespread idea that the goal of Russian soft power is to divide and polarise. Ukraine’s experience shows that this is only part of what these tactics are aimed at.
When European travellers came to Ukraine in the 18th — 19th centuries, they were usually told the Russian version of the history of the Ukrainian lands. In this version of the story, one would hear little or nothing about Zaporozhian Cossacks, hetman-led Ukrainian statehood in the 17th century, the difficult but productive Ukrainian Orthodox-Catholic dialogue or a Ukrainian heritage of Rus’, a powerful Medieval state with the centre in Kyiv. Instead, one heard only a story about the glory of the Russian empire or about a pan-Slavic idea that was destined to erase the differences among Slavic nations in the vast Russian state.