New norms concerning ideologies keep emerging in Russia; special programmes have recently been adopted to suppress the spread of extremist ideas as factors threatening the country’s national security. The scientific literature increasingly doubts the expediency of preserving the norm prohibiting the establishment of state ideology in the Constitution of the Russian Federation in the constitutional matter of its Basic law. The aim of the current study is to determine the legal significance of the state ideology in the Russian Federation on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of constitutional and legal norms that characterize modern state policy in the field under consideration. The study employs general scientific and special methods of cognition (systematic approach, analysis and synthesis, comparison, etc.). The research has revealed that the constitutional prohibition of state ideology may not produce legal consequences, since the term «ideology» is quite an elusive concept. The author concludes that Clause 2 of Article 13 of the Constitution, which prohibits the establishment of state ideology, requires a comprehensive interpretation and should be reformulated in the future. The author offers an amended formula of the constitutional norm, which adds to the practical significance of the paper.
state ideology, the ban on state ideology, constitutionalism, the ideological role of the Constitution