Russia's View of Ukraine after the Crisis

This paper reflects on the crisis over Ukraine from the Russian point of view bearing in mind the deterioration of the relationship between Moscow and Kiev and the international retaliation against Russia’s aggression. What does Ukraine represent for Russia? Did the events in Maidan affect how Russia perceives Ukraine? These questions are addressed by analysing the discourse on Ukraine by the main stakeholders of Russian society: the political and economic elites, civil society, the mass media and academia, the general public and the Orthodox Church.

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Roma, IAI, February 2016, 20 p.
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16|04
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978-88-98650-83-5
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29/02/2016

Introduction
1. The “near abroad” after the Cold War
2. Perceptions of Ukraine in the establishment discourse
2.1 Ukraine as a buffer state to contain the West
2.2 Responsibility to protect: securitisation of the Russian world
2.3 Fear of spill-over effects
3. The economic perspective: Ukraine as the oligarchs see it
4. Ukraine according to the media and civil society
5. Ukraine: Does it really exist? Public opinion and the Orthodox Church
5.1 Public opinion
5.2 The Orthodox Church
Conclusions
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