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Edwin Bacon, Bettina Renz and Julian Cooper

represented ‘the first systematic rollback of fundamental freedoms since the collapse of the USSR’. The discourse of securitisation was evident throughout the process of passing the 1997 law. Just before the voting on the second and third readings in June 1997, Patriarch Aleksii II told the Russian television station, NTV, that ‘today’s proselytism, by foreign sects and missionaries ... in Russia, is something of an eastward expansion and you may perhaps draw parallels with NATO’s expansion to the East’.22 In the parliamentary debates themselves reference was made to the

in Securitising Russia