Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire by Agnia Grigas

By Agnia Grigas

How will Russia redraw post-Soviet borders? within the wake of contemporary Russian expansionism, political hazard specialist Agnia Grigas illustrates how—for greater than decades—Moscow has constantly used its compatriots in bordering international locations for its territorial pursuits. Demonstrating how this coverage has been carried out in Ukraine and Georgia, Grigas presents state of the art research of the character of Vladimir Putin’s international coverage and compatriot security to warn that Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, and others also are at risk.

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Since the early 2000s Russia has consistently sought to maintain and regain influence as well as has reinvigorated its efforts to expand its territory in the former Soviet Union republics. There have been a number of explanations of the driving factors of such policies. Russia’s ongoing influence on the foreign policy, economy, political systems, and energy sectors of the post-Soviet space and Europe has already been studied. ” This loosely defined term that the Kremlin adopted in the early 1990s refers to a wide range of approximately 25 to 150 million people living outside of the borders of the Russian Federation.

These policies could appear to be part of Moscow’s harmless soft power and cultural efforts. Instead, these compatriot efforts should be understood as part of Russia’s and the Putin regime’s consistent policy trajectory that seeks territorial gains in the former Soviet republics, especially where three factors are present: (1) a large and concentrated population of Russian speakers or ethnic Russians; (2) that population resides in territories bordering Russia; (3) the population is receptive to Russia’s influence.

The subsequent expansion of the Romanov empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great was driven by a desire for new lands, the taming of bordering nations, and the quest for warm-water ports on the Baltic Sea, in Crimea, and in the Caucasus. Russia’s policies toward the inhabitants of its imperial space have also been consistent for centuries. Historically, Moscow’s imperial quest has created sizable pockets of ethnic Russians, Russian speakers, and other displaced minorities in the territories that constituted the Russian Empire.

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