The New Post-Invasion World

Gudgin, Graham (2022) The New Post-Invasion World. Birmingham City University, Centre for Brexit Studies Blog.

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Right up until the last few weeks it was just about possible to see Vladimir Putin as someone determined to restore a sense of Russian power and greatness but to pursue this aim through absorbing territories bordering Russia with Russian-speaking majorities rather than invading countries opposed to his rule. Past incursions included two small parts of Georgia and then the Crimea plus the Russian majority parts of the Donbas industrial region of the Ukraine. All of these were welcomed, indeed promoted, by majority local populations. In Crimea the majority for absorption into Russia was 96%. This week’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk breakaway areas was met in those areas with jubilant fireworks and Russian flags. Putin’s apparent anxieties about Russian security could be viewed in light of his personal history, with a brother dying of diphtheria in the siege of Leningrad and three family members dying in the terrible circumstances of the eastern front in WW2.

Item Type: Other
11 March 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for Brexit Studies, CBS, Brexit, BCU, EU, European Union, UK, Birmingham City University, UK Government, UK politics
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Alex De Ruyter
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 15:23
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 15:23

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