Russia’s Interventions: Counterrevolutionary Power


Vladimir Gligorov

wiiw Essays and Occasional Papers No. 1, January 2016
27 pages

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The key point is about Russia, old and new, being a counterrevolutionary power: Russia’s post-Napoleonic War and moreover post-1848 policy was counterrevolutionary abroad and conservative, even when reformist, at home, as is Russia’s current post-Soviet, post-Cold War policy. However, while the current foreign policy end is Russian, the instruments of intervention, e.g. in Syria, are Soviet. The main difference as compared to both, Tsarist Russian and Soviet, is Russia’s lack of a universalistic ideological justification now, notwithstanding all the attempts to revive the ideology of the Russian cultural and civilisational exceptionalism to supress liberal changes at home, and for that reason also abroad.


Keywords: Russia, foreign policy, industrialisation, EU

JEL classification: N40, N43, N44, O14, F15

Countries covered: Russia