Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe: A Resurgence of Kremlin Sphere of Influence? Reviewing post-Soviet Historical Perspectives

Sesan Adeolu Odunuga

Abstract


Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe: A Resurgence of Kremlin Sphere of Influence? Reviewing post-Soviet Historical Perspectives

 

Sesan Adeolu Odunuga

Faculty of Law, Institute for European Studies, Tbilisi State University

 

ABSTRACT

 

Russian influence is pervasive in Central and Eastern Europe. While Central European countries are vulnerable to Russian influence in terms of energy and political influence, the Eastern European countries are more vulnerable to Russian influence in the areas of economy, domestic politics and territorial sovereignty. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, occasioned by the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, is perceived by many Russians (elites and non-elites) as abasement to the Kremlin. In contemporary Russia, the pursuit for the re-establishment of Kremlin’s status as a great power and relevant custodian of politics and security of CEE is notable. Therefore, the study reviews Russia’s foreign policy in CEE against the backdrop of post-Soviet historical events, and the misconception surrounding Russian interest in contemporary Europe. For the purpose of the study, a historical research design was used to collect, examine, and synthesize historical data and evidences in order to answer the research questions proposed in the study. Data collected from literatures, archival documents, and historical events were analysed using a descriptive analytic method, the theory of political realism, and the concept of sphere of influence. The findings reveal that quest for relevance in the political, economic and security affairs of post-Soviet states, rather than resurgence of Kremlin’s sphere of influence, dominates contemporary Russian foreign policy in CEE.

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Fashion, Politics, Social Media


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