Alexei Pushkov: Russia is seen as a country capable of resisting the West and offering an alternative to its hegemony

The Chair of the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy and Media Relations held a roundtable discussion on Russia’s capabilities in international crises.

Chairman of the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy and Media Relations Alexei Pushkov held a roundtable discussion, “Russia’s information policy in international crises: Shifts in public sentiments and new opportunities.”

In his speech, the Senator discussed the new political and information conditions that have emerged over the past two years. He highlighted a qualitative shift, above all in the global economy, with new centres of economic power coming to the fore.

“Since their emergence, countries’ desire for independence and sovereignty in global affairs has been growing. Today, the top ten world economies include five countries representing the non-Western world: Russia, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. These processes are transforming the global geopolitical landscape.”

Alexei Pushkov also mentioned the establishment of the informal concept of the Global Majority, which represents countries committed to the principles that form the foundation for creating a new world order.

“This majority has its own political expression: BRICS. Obviously, this is a non-Western platform with the participation of states committed to changing their role in the world,” the Senator said, adding that joining BRICS is a sovereign and voluntary choice of non-Western countries.

“The opposition to the West’s attempts to isolate Russia has gained support around the world. The situation in the Middle East and the Western countries’ reaction to it has also dealt a blow to their ideological positions,” he emphasised.

Alexei Pushkov also touched upon the doctrine of a rules-based order.

“Today this doctrine is rejected by most countries in the Global South, while the West continues to consider it the foundation of their international existence.”

The Commission chair also stressed that the non-Western world generally holds a positive attitude towards Russia.

“There is growing fatigue from Western dominance in the world. Russia is seen as a country capable of resisting the West and offering an alternative to its hegemony.”

According to the Senator, Russia is emerging as the founder of a new global ideology, one that champions the idea of national independence, sovereignty and the preservation of the foundational values upon which human civilisation has historically thrived.

The participants in the roundtable examined Russia’s media presence and image in non-Western countries. According to Alexei Pushkov, the discussion provided valuable insights into shaping future information policies.

Taking part in the discussion were Advisor to the Russian Defence Minister Andrei Ilnitsky, Chair of the Union of Journalists of Russia Vladimir Soloviev, Director of the Institute of Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alikber Alikberov, Director of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Lomonosov Moscow State University Alexei Maslov, professor at MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry Andranik Migranyan, as well as experts and representatives of the media and public organisations.