By examining Russia’s military, economic, political, and diplomatic policies towards the former Soviet states since 1991, this book assesses whether Russian leaders have been able to discard the country’s imperial legacy.
Introduction Part 1: The Setting: Russia’s Policies Towards the Near Abroad under President Yeltsin 1. The Underlying Principles of Russia’s Policy Towards the "Near Abroad" 2. Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States 3. Russia’s Role in the Military Conflicts in the Near Abroad 4. Russia’s Energy Trade with the former Soviet Space 5. Russian Minorities in the Baltic States, Ukraine and Kazakhstan Part 2: The Evolution of Russia’s Policies Towards the "Near Abroad" under President Putin 6. Russia’s Policies Towards the Near Abroad from 1999 to 2004 7. Russia’s Policies to the Former Soviet States from 2004 to the Present. Conclusion