Publications of Papkov, I.

Contentious Conversation : Framing the 'Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture' in Russia

The relationship between the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has increasingly become the object of much scrutiny. The debate centres on the question of whether or not the ROC enjoys inordinate influence over the Russian political sphere. This article examines one case in which the Moscow Patriarchate has attempted to influence federal policy, namely, by lobbying the state to include courses on 'Orthodox culture' in the federal curriculum. The article draws on social movement theory to argue that the ROC has, to date, failed in its endeavour, as a result of a combination of three factors. First, it has failed to persuade either the state or society that teaching 'Orthodox culture' in schools is a worthy cause. Second, it has been unable to demonstrate a united front on the issue, revealing serious disagreements within the ranks of both clergy and laity regarding the content and form of the proposed curriculum. Third, it has been unable to demonstrate that it represents a constituency sufficiently numerous for the government to take its interests seriously in this case. The article thus argues that the relationship between church and state in the Russian Federation is more contentious than frequent joint appearances of clerical and lay leaders would suggest, and that the ROC is in the position of a junior partner whose ability to influence the state is circumscribed by important societal and political factors.

Papkov I. The Freezing of Historical Memory? : The Post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church and the Council of 1917. In: Steinberg MD, Wanner C, editors. Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies. Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; 2008. p. 55-84.

Orthodox Religiosity among Elite University Students in Russia and its Relationship to their Political Views

The article presents a study on the orthodox religiosity among elite university students and its relationship to their political views of Russia. The study was distributed to 792 respondents, across a variety of departments, capturing the range of under and upperclassmen at universities. The study revealed that 67% of the respondents think that religious sects were causing harm to Russian society and should be banned, and 72% view Orthodoxy as the basis of Russian state and cultural traditions.

Book review : The Orthodox Church and civil society in Russia

This article reviews the books "The Orthodox Church and Civil Society in Russia" by Wallance L. Daniel; "Russian Society and the Orthodox Church : Religion in Russia after Communism" by Zoe Knox and "Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov': Sovremennoe sostoianie i aktual'nye problemy" by Nikolai Aleksandrovich Mitrokhin.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Political Party Platforms

This article examines how the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has influenced political consequences in the Russian Federation between 1995 and 2005. Even though the ROC's influence on voters is limited, politicians have declared publicly that they respect and admire the Orthodox Church as a symbol of national unity. A study shows that there is a division among political elites, with some parties assigning the ROC more influence while others, most notably those with the Putin administration, move away from the Church.

Papkov I. Thomas, Clarence. In: Stephens OH, Scheb JM, Stooksbury KE, editors. Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties. Vol 3. Westport: Greenwood Press; 2006.
Papkov I. The resurgence of Russian Orthodoxy and its implications for Russian democracy. In: Marsh C, editor. Burden or blessing? : Russian Orthodoxy and the construction of civil society and democracy. Boston: Boston University, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs; 2004. p. 37-44.

International Relations in the Post 9/11 World : Reconceptualizing the West's "Other"

This article was presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Mar 17, 2004.