A Successful Failure: Russia After Crime(a)

Russia has become a very different country since it annexed Crimea. By breaching international law, its relations with the West are fraught with tension, even in areas where there was once hope of cooperation. In a bid to reduce interdependence on Europe, Russia has touted its pivot to Asia and its Eurasian Economic Union, but those wheels have been slow to turn. Inside the country, economic stagnation have followed that historic takeover of 2014. Within the government bureaucracy itself, power struggles are underway: new ideologies and new faces are jostling for prominence.

The aim of this book is to provide a road map for anyone seeking to understand the workings of “Post-Crimea Russia.” It includes studies of Russia-West relations, the role of sanctions, Western policy towards Ukraine, anti-Americanism, Russia’s military doctrine, the fate of its army’s modernization plans, migration, the increasing “weaponization” of history, and the government's attempts to build a new “Crimean consensus” with Russian society, a reworked social contract emphasizing traditional values and a vastly different understanding of human rights to that in the West and more.

The Editorial Team

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