Sergei Medvedev

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Articles by Sergei Medvedev

The State and the Human Body in Putin’s Russia: The Biopolitics of Authoritarian Revanche, Part II

Russia’s biopolitical normalization occurs in the interstitial space between the popular sentiment of an uprooted society beset by failed transitions and halted globalization, retrograde, neo-patriarchal responses, and the deliberate strategy by authorities of using biopolitical language and interventions for social and political control. From a mere government technology detected and described by Foucault, biopower in the hands of Russia’s authoritarians spreads disruptive forces through domestic and international affairs. It is an essential part of Moscow’s twenty-first-century hybrid warfare.

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The State and the Human Body in Putin’s Russia: The Biopolitics of Authoritarian Revanche, Part I

The Kremlin’s uses of biopolitics aim to “normalize” segments of society, change national discourses, test and discipline elites, increase birth rates and worker productivity, and, essentially, construct the ideal individual, well-integrated into a like-minded community.

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