Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2012

In Osteuropa 6-8/2012

A Country Like Any Other in Europe…
Orientations in Values in Russia and Germany

Hans-Henning Schröder

Deutsche Fassung


International surveys show that Russia’s population is more “Western” than self-image and foreign perceptions appear to suggest. Russian and German citizens have a similar understanding of politics and democracy. In Russia, most people distrust the legal system and want a strong leader. With respect to sexuality and morality, there are differences in values: most Russians squarely reject homosexuality. The idea of a “Russian special path” does not apply. Russia is in a catch-up phase of development, through which other countries in Europe have already passed.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2012, pp. 101–124)