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Managing the Retreat: Can Russia Adapt to the Emergence of Intermediate Europe?

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At the beginning of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s second term, the analytical community was full of expectations that Moscow’s policy toward its post-Soviet neighbors would become more assertive. Inside Russia, a somewhat unusual coalition combining derzhavniki, dreaming about the restoration of Russia’s great power status, and newly-born liberal imperialists, wishing to convert political leverage into property, felt very self-confident. The coalition pushed the administration toward actions to regain Russia’s influence in the former USSR. [...]

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Director,The EU Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Programme
Finnish Institute of International Affairs