Equating the other with evil: what russkii mir and right-wing populism have in common


  • Marietta van der Tol Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom




russkii mir, Right-Wing Populism, Russian World ideology , absolute evil , Christian imagination


This essay explores the concept of evil in right-wing populism and the ideology of the Russian World (russkii mir) ideology. At face value, right-wing ideology and the russki mir ideology may seem very different. They currently have different expressions in Ukraine, especially as the idea of the Russian World is used to window-dress Putin’s geo-political aggression. At the root however, right-wing populism and the Russian World ideology share something that is deeply problematic: namely, that these ideologies equate the other with evil.

This article has built on conversations at the conference “Christian Identity in National, Transnational and Local Space: Perspectives from Protestantism, Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism” held at the University of Oxford, 4-5 April 2022. This conference is part of the Protestant Political Thought project, sponsored by the Harold C. Smith Foundation.



How to Cite

van der Tol, Marietta. 2023. “Equating the Other With Evil: What Russkii Mir and Right-Wing Populism Have in Common”. Theological Reflections: Eastern European Journal of Theology 20 (2):31-36. https://doi.org/10.29357/2789-1577.2022.20.2.2.