Political affinities and maneuvering of Soviet Ukrainian political elites : Heorhii Shevel and the Ministry of Strange Affairs in the 1970s
Nationalities papers, 2019, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 394-411
BERTELSEN, Olga, Political affinities and maneuvering of Soviet Ukrainian political elites : Heorhii Shevel and the Ministry of Strange Affairs in the 1970s, Nationalities papers, 2019, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 394-411 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/63827
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This article examines the goals and practices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine in the 1970s, a Soviet institution that functioned as an ideological organ fighting against Ukrainian nationalists domestically and abroad. The central figure of this article is Heorhii Shevel who governed the Ministry from 1970 to 1980 and whose tactics, strategies, and practices reveal the existence of a distinct phenomenon in the Soviet Union—the nationally conscious political elite with double loyalties who, by action or inaction, expanded the space of nationalism in Ukraine. This research illuminates a paradox of pervasive Soviet power, which produced an institution that supported and reinforced Soviet “anti-nationalist” ideology, simultaneously creating an environment where heterodox views or sentiments were stimulated and nurtured.
Published online: 18 June 2019
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/63827
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/nps.2018.51
ISSN: 0090-5992; 1465-3923
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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