Russia is considering whether it should re-allow the implementation of an official state ideology. The Duma is said to be working on the relevant constitutional amendment.
In his speech to both chambers of the Russian Parliament in the Kremlin on Thursday, President Putin called for Russian citizens to take greater responsibility for the future of their country. In his Valdai speech in October, he said that at the time the relations with the West are difficult due to the Ukraine crisis, the Russian society must be consolidated through shared values and patriotism.
The members of the Russian Duma, the lower chamber, wish to go a step further and introduce an official state ideology.
Russia has not had a state ideology since the Soviet Union disbanded. According to paragraph 13 of the Russian constitution, no ideology can be made a state ideology or forced upon people. The same paragraph also stresses the importance of the plurality of ideologies and the multi-party system.
This week the Liberal Democrats representative, Sergey Katasonov, told journalists that the ban on state ideology is wrong. In his words, the experiences of other countries shows that a patriotism and security-based state ideology is a normal thing to have.
The Moscow Times reports that one of the examples is Saudi Arabia, where the Quran has been declared the country's constitution.
Russian media also points out that first calls to implement a state ideology were made years ago, but they were resolutely opposed.
If and when the Russian Duma will deliberate on implementing a state ideology is not yet known.