«"Ethno-nation": myth or social reality?» (by Edward Tadevossian) critically analyses na-
tional nihilistic notions recently rather wide-spread in the West and in Russia. There is a ten-
dency to practically deny the objective nature of ethnic communities treating them as purely
subjectivist constructs, political tools or ideological myths. Thus, the ethno-statist nihilism is on
the increase coming close to rejection of any positive role of federalism or of any form of
national statehood for numerically small nations. In contrast, the author shows social pre-con-
ditions for the making, the functioning and the developing of ethnoses, arguing that their
statehood is as a factor for consolidation and historical rise of nations.