On the current moment number 4 (106), August 2012
Although the Constitution of the Russian Federation has a ban on state ideology (Article 13, Part 2), however:
Ideology as an open-ended expression of the meaning of society’s life and state activityto every state to consolidate society in line with its policy and to reproduce statehood in the continuity of generations.
Therefore, the question of the “national idea”, the “consolidating idea” constantly rises to
throughout the post-Soviet time. This is inevitable.
And in fact in the 1990s, irrespective of the constitutional ban on state ideology, the carrier and spokesman for the spirit and letter of the “national idea” of the ruling “elite” was a literary character — the “great combinator” Ostap Bender.