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Article

“Proletarian Internationalism in Action? Communist Legacies and Attitudes Towards Migrants in Russia”

Problems of Post-Communism. 2020. Vol. 67. No. 4-5. P. 402-416.
Translator: A. Obydenkova.
Editor of translation: A. Obydenkova.

Problems of post-Communism

The paper investigates the effect of Communist legacies on attitudes toward migrants in
present-day Russia. Midway through the first decade of the 2000s, Russia established itself
as an attractive center of labor migration. This rise of migration triggered an upsurge of
xenophobic sentiment and nationalism. This paper examines the variation of anti-migrant
sentiments across the regions of the Russian Federation and concludes that it is strongly
affected by the legacies of the Communist regime. Regions with a higher share of CPSU
members in their population in the 1970s are characterized by stronger negative attitudes
towards migrants.