“С чего начинается Родина”: патриотизм в представлениях студенческой молодежи
This article focuses on perceptions of patriotism among students of three leading Russian universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). The authors analyze how patriotism is understood and constructed among students, what aspects of social and political life are used in these constructions, and which figures emerge as key “patriots” in Russian students’ narratives. The article demonstrates that students in Russia’s top universities associate the concept of patriotism with activities conducted by Russia’s political elite, and that the most patriotic figure for most students is Vladimir Putin. The article also shows that students do not associate patriotism with their own stance towards Russia.