Religious Justifications of Complaints Addressed to the President in Contemporary Russia

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Elena A. Bogdanova


Situated Sense of Justice, Contemporary Russian Society, Complaints, Sociology of Critical Capacity, Sociology of Justification, Orthodoxy Christianity, President, Authoritarianism, Legitimacy, Justice


This article analyzes religious justifications used by contemporary Russian citizens in filing complaints addressed to the president of the Russian Federation. The concept of critical capacity postulated by Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot is applied as a frame of analysis. This research permits identification of a connection between the transformation of political (presidential) discourse, which took place in 2000s, and attempts of citizens to justify their claims for justice based on Orthodox foundations. In English, extended summary in Russian.

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