Agendas of Non-discrimination on Ethnic Grounds in the Post-Soviet Space

The Cases of Russia and Ukraine

  • Alexander Osipov International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies; Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queen’s University Belfast [visiting]


The article analyses discursive and practical activities by governmental and non-governmental actors in Russia and Ukraine aimed at the conceptualization and promotion of human equality on ethnic grounds as non-discrimination. The author aims at analyzing the reasons why anti-discrimination instruments are in low demand vis-à-vis concerns about ethnic xenophobia and conflicts. The author argues that the given societies have limited incentives and institutional capabilities for the creation and effective application of anti-discrimination mechanisms. The ruling elites have no reason to regard ethnic inequalities as a challenge; civil society activists and ordinary claimants might not treat non-discrimination as an efficient remedy; and there is no commonly accepted image of injustice in inter-group relations. Moreover, the marginality of anti-discrimination agenda in the post-Soviet space begs questions about the said mechanisms’ universal applicability, since the latter require pre-conditions that are not guaranteed.

How to Cite
OSIPOV, Alexander. Agendas of Non-discrimination on Ethnic Grounds in the Post-Soviet Space. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, july 2019. ISSN 2416-089X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 aug. 2020. doi: