Richard Avramenko and Jingcai Ying

Written by Richard Avramenko and Jingcai Ying

Richard Avramenko is a Board Member of VoegelinView and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Jingcai Ying is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.

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Readers of Dostoevsky’s political novels recognize well that he is engaged in pitched battle against the West for the spiritual direction of Russia and his Russian brethren. He regards Russia as the last bastion of hope in the fight against secularism, materialism, rationalism, and individualism. That Russia is moving in the direction of the West is nothing less than a…