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‘We’ve moved on’, Senior British official, 2011.

‘I don’t understand why you don’t understand’, Senior Russian official in discussion with Western officials, 2009.

‘We often come up against the failure to understand our position and sometimes even an unwillingness to understand’, Vladimir Putin, ‘Direct line with Vladimir Putin’, 17 April 2014. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/20796.

‘One of the biggest delusions of the West has been that Russians are white. If we were black or blue, or dots, the West couldn’t misunderstand Russians so much. But because we’re white by race, they think we’re the same as Europeans’, Andrey Konchalovsky, ‘A meeting with Andrey Konchalovsky: Part II’, 27 June 2011. www.opendemocracy.net/node/60162/author/gerard-toal.

‘Evropa ne znaet nas, potomu shto ne khochet znat; ili luchshe skazat znaet tak, kak znat khochet’ [Europe does not know us, because it does not want to know; or better to say, it knows us as it wants to], Nikolai Danilevsky quoted in L. Kostromin, Moya zhizn – razvedka [My Life as a Spy] (Moscow: Detektiv Press, 2014), p. 284.

‘I have a feeling that the situation which really exists in this country and the interpretations of the situation from the outside exist in some different, parallel worlds’, Dmitri Medvedev, 22 January 2014; Interview with Ammanpour, http://government.ru/news/9868.

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The new politics of Russia

Interpreting change

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