Representation of the Nationalism(s) in Official Discourse of Russian Regional Ombuds: Verbal and Visual

Prof. Tatiana Barandova

Ombuds institution in contemporary Russia is already established in all 83 regions of the multinational and multicultural country, so this allows to study official visual discourse of that institution. There are not so many research undertaken in the area of interdisciplinary approach, considering representations of (anti)discriminative activity of the human rights' protection institutions in their daily work for prophylactic of nationalistic visualised "hate speech" and/or populistic right ideological trends in official discourse in the situation of authoritarian regime and backlash. Russian regions are differ in many backgrounds, including national and/or cultural history and traditions, as well as regional identities whose reflected in governmental activity. New discussions, started since 2016 year, on all-russian (united) national idea and attempts to introduce it in national/ethnic policies and framing legislations, brings new contraversive practices (specifically if to look on minority rights and indigenous peoples) of governmental and nongovernmental political actors, incl. parties, NGOs and Ombuds. In the paper we are going to analyse if any transformations of verbal and visual official discourse of Ombuds in regions and introduction of Specialised Office on Indigenous People in number of regions during last years to define its anti-discrimination potential and reflect new nationalism trends opposition in state human rights protection institutions. Research will be based on the data of Annual and/or Specialised Reports.