"It is neither an ethnic state nor an American melting pot." Russian identity, rather, is that of a "civic nation" — one that is rooted in loyalty to the state.
Putin argues that this is why Russians living in other countries fail to organize themselves as a cohesive diaspora.
Russia, in contrast, is a "multiethnic civilization with Russian culture at its core," a tradition, which Putin says is rooted in the "expansive Russia" of tsarist times.
"Russia's state development is unique," writes Putin.
Putin's model is a Russia-centric view that glosses over the fears and aspirations of the nonethnic Russians who make up 20 percent of the country, a statistic that was nowhere to be found in Putin's article.
Essay On Nationalities
Putin argues that the traditional European nation-state is based on a closed model of national culture.
Everyone has a gender, race, sexual orientation..a nationality.
A person's nationality is where they are a legal citizen, usually in the country where they were born.
Moscow needs to come up with some new ideas to tackle these problems.
But after 12 years in power, it would be unrealistic to expect any new thinking from Putin.