Understanding Narva & Identity Local Reflections from Narva’s Russian-Speakers

Since the restoration of Estonian independence, the Estonian nation-state has embarked on a process of nationalization and territorialization in which Russian-speakers and Estonia’s predominantly Russian-speaking northeast become “othered” in both geopolitical discourse and practice. Examples of such “othering” abound in critical geopolitical and areas studies scholarship. A prime example is Estonia’s citizenship policy, which is seen as highly restrictive. The policy has disproportionately affected Estonia’s largest minority population, politically marginalized Russian-speakers in Estonia, and fostered challenging diplomatic relations between Estonia and Russia.