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Russia`s Political Elite`s Attitudes towards the West as One of the Determining Factors of Russian Foreign Policy
The main purpose of this paper is to assess how perceptions, values and attitudes that states elites have affect the foreign policy. The principal questions to be answered are: How open or closed is the decision-making in the Russian elite? To what extent external factors and actors affect the decision-making of the elite? Is there a theory in international relations that could explain irrational behavior of the states? The trends explored are: Russia’s political elite is influenced by the norms and beliefs that were common to late Russian chinovnichestvo and Soviet nomenklatura; the principles of elite-formation have not changed and this is the reason why the elite continues to be closed. The author uses the case-study approach to prove that Russian elite usually does not have the pragmatic approach to its foreign policy. The results of the research contribute to the studies of the elite formation and post-Soviet studies.