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Education as a tool of “soft power” in foreign policy of Russia

S.L. Talanov, A.V. Gavrilov
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S.L. Talanov is Cand.Sci. (Sociology), doc. e-mail:; and A.V. Gavrilov is Cand.Sci. (History), doc.  e-mail:

at Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University n.a. K.D. Ushinsky


Analyzed is the theme of education as instrument of “soft power” in foreign policy of Russia. In recent decades Russia is increasing it’s political influence via elements of “soft power”. During this period, the state was able to achieve significant results in creation of attractive image for a number of countries. Russia exports political values and culture especially in the CIS countries and China. Unfortunately, the RF uses mostly provision of educational services to foreign citizens as main tool of “soft power”, and it is definitely not enough to determine the value component of the new world order. The authors proposed some recommendations on how to increase Russian “soft power” in former Soviet Union area, and especially it’s boundaries, where it’s promotion is difficult due to various reasons.

Key words: “soft power”, students, post-graduate students, doctoral students, funds, non-governmental organizations.



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