Image of Russia in Aghanistan 30 Years after the Soviet Union Collapse

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Status Published
Occupation: Associate Professor; Vice-Head of Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks Monitoring; Research Fellow
National Research University Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Head of Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks Monitoring; Senior Research Professor
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Student, Saint Petersburg School of Social Science and Aria Studies
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 9

For a long period of time, Russia and Afghanistan relations could be described as close ones. There was an active cooperation between two countries in the educational, economic and cultural fields. The Soviet invasion negatively affected the image of the USSR, and its echo still has an influence on the image of Russia. However, the image has improved largely due to the supply of Afghanistan with humanitarian and economic aid, military support in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as assistance in the field of education. The authors conducted a survey of the population of Afghanistan, which revealed that there is a significant part of the population that has a positive attitude towards Russia and its policies, although the negative opinion as a consequence of the Soviet intervention still exists. The recovery of the image became possible due to the more distant policy of Russia and its negotiations with the Taliban. Nevertheless, there are also people extremely negative-minded, but basically, they belong to the older generation.

KeywordsAfghanistan, image of Russia, USSR
AcknowledgmentThe research has been supported by the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Project No. 18-18-00254.
Publication date21.09.2020
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