Russian Youth as an Object of Destructive Influence of Ideological, Psychological and Cultural Confrontation of the West

Author: D.V. Kravtsov, V.D. Isayev, V.N. Lebed, K.A. Voskanyan

Communicology. 2018. Vol.6. No.1
Dmitry Nikolaevich Kravtsov, postgraduate student of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration;
Vladimir Danilovich Isayev, Dr. Sc. (Philos.), professor, head of the department of world philosophy and theology of the Institute of Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences of the Lugansk National University;
Viktor Nikolayevich Lebed, Cand. Sc. (Econ.), assoc. prof. at the department of organization and management, Belgorod State Agrarian University;
Kristina Arsenovna Voskanyan, student of the department of transportation control, Rostov State University of Railway Transport. Address: 119571, Moscow, Vernadsky av., 84. Е-mail:

Abstract. The end of the twentieth century was marked by the end of the «cold war», but the geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia did not stop. Strengthened as an independent, strong state, Russia is increasingly acting as a military and political competitor to USА hegemony, forcing the USА and its satellites to continue to wage a geopolitical battle with Russia for world primacy. A special place in this struggle is allocated to the youth, which is one of the most vulnerable objects of the impact of ideological, information-psychological and cultural confrontation.
Destructively influencing the younger generation of Russian citizens, Western propagandists seek to disintegrate the Russian nation from within. Analysis of technologies and the specifics of the processes of this impact allows us to justify talking about the conduct of an undeclared «spiritual war» against our country, the goals of which are the destabilization of the sociopolitical situation in Russia and the undermining of its constitutional system.
The goals of this war are achieved through the implementation of the main directions of destructive anti-Russian activity: undermining confidence in the national mentally-spiritual ideological basis of the Russian people through ideological struggle; propaganda of antisocial, anti-Russian and western sentiments through means of information-psychological influence; active realization of the cultural expansion of Western values and life style (westernization).
The consequence of the implementation of these areas of activity are numerous destructive social phenomena that threaten Russia’s national security, including a reduction in the number of young people, its spiritual and moral decay and degradation, and destabilization of the domestic political situation. In connection with this, it is necessary to develop and implement an effective system of measures to counteract the destructive Western influence on various social groups of Russian society.

Keywords: national security, youth, the object of destructive influence, means of struggle, westernization

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For citation: Kravtsov D.N., Isayev V.D., Lebed V.N., Voskanyan K.A. Russian Youth as an Object of Destructive Influence of Ideological, Psychological and Cultural Confrontation of the West. Communicology (Russia). 2018. Vol. 6. No.1. P. 68-83. DOI 10.21453/2311-3065-2018-6-1-68-83.

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