Russkyi Mir is an ideological assemble and international coverage idea outlined within the first mandate of President Vladimir Putin. Whereas not regulated by laws or coverage, the idea is in style amongst Russian political thinkers and ideologists as a strategy to form Russia’s relationship with the world. It’s also typically referred to in speeches by the president, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and different key figures.
At look, the Russkyi Mir ideology is an instrument for Russia’s geopolitical ambitions and hegemonic claims on the post-Soviet house. Russia depends on the idea to mission a story of a novel country-civilization with an impressive historic and cultural heritage and a messianic function on the earth – all of which Russia misplaced after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The assemble relies on myths and historic references and its boundaries go far past Russia’s present borders. Sponsors embody Russian state establishments, in addition to residents of post-Soviet international locations who affiliate with the idea and in the end act as brokers of “Russkyi Mir.”
On the similar time, this ideology serves as a device in Russia’s hybrid warfare arsenal by posing each worldwide and nationwide safety threats. It’s deployed within the territorial growth of Russia, and it challenges democratic and human rights values promoted by the EU and United States.
This report explores the emergence, geographical unfold, and penalties of Russkyi Mir, earlier than offering suggestions for U.S. and European policymakers in supporting Black Sea international locations to fight the pervasiveness of this ideology.
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Andrei Iovu is a fellow with MEI’s Frontier Europe Initiative, with a concentrate on the breakaway territories of the Black Sea area. The views expressed on this report are his personal.
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