The Rise of Russian Anti-Imperialism

The economic meltdown of 1998 has thrown into question not only Russia’s financial future but also the entire course of its foreign policy. Political chaos has seemingly enveloped the nation, and Russian policy threatens to turn along with every revolution of the government’s personnel door. Given the severity of the crisis, many have begun to predict the worst, warning that Moscow’s desperate politicians will seek to divert attention from their domestic debacle by lashing out at their newly independent neighbors. Indeed, whenever the words “Russia” and “Near Abroad’ appear in the same sentence, they tend to conjure up visions of imperialism and political subversion, and the current crisis is expected to make things even worse.

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