Political and Social Attitudes of Russian Muslims: New Survey Data


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Fri, 03/25/2016 - 3:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 7:49pm

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Jane Zavisca is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies

Claims about Russia’s Muslim population are central to security and policy discourses in the post-Soviet region and have been used to justify repressive policies, particularly in the North Caucuses.  However, there is little systematic data on this diverse population. We use survey data we collected in 2015 to compare attitudes of Muslims in the North Caucuses, Muslims elsewhere in Russia, and the non-Muslim Russian population. Our data suggest that Caucuses Muslims are strongly supportive of Putin and his administration’s foreign policy goals, even more so than the non-Muslim population (the opposite is true of Muslims outside the Caucuses). At the same time, Caucuses Muslims are more accepting of people of other ethnicities and nationalities than are other Russians. These findings, while resonant with ongoing PR efforts by Putin’s proxies in the region, reflect the longstanding social integration of Muslim populations in Russia.  


Jane Zavisca is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her subfields of expertise include economic and cultural sociology; stratification; and post-socialist societies. Her current research is manly focused on the sociology of housing, mortgages, and credit, with a particular emphasis on housing consumption.