“Russian Mentality, its Features and Foundations”

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Henley-Putnam University is pleased to host the next installment of its webinar series: on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 10:00 AM, PST, Dr. Yelena Francis will present "Russian Mentality, its Features and Foundations." Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/373075672093100547

Why is it so important to know what is inside of the Russian mind?

The interest in Russia is very high at present, especially after the elections and recent events related to the Crimean problem and Ukrainian conflict, which brings us straight to President Putin’s administration. What are the hidden motives of their actions if we suppose that he is acting as a typical Russian?

Winston Churchill once said: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…”

This presentation is an attempt to look at the “ingredients” of the Russian mind in order to turn the mysterious Russian, the scary “evil spirit” figure as presented to the American public by the mass media and Hollywood into a clearly understandable image of a potential ally and possibly, a friend.

To do this, we will look at the main stages of the Russian history and the important factors forming the national mentality. The specific issues discussed will be the 250-year long Tatar-Mongol Yoke, the specific philosophy of the Russian Orthodox Christianity, a brief overview of the Westernizes and Slavophile’s arguments about a “Russian Way,” the roots of the domestic terrorists’ movement in the late 19th century; the potential predisposition for implementing of Communism, and, finally, the present state of the post-Soviet ideology in the Russian Federation. The Webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

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