KIRSANOVA E.G., PANKRATOV S.A. Reunion of Crimea and Russia in the Context of Trends and Contradictions of Contemporary Policy-Making

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2016.6.8

Ekaterina G. Kirsanova

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Assistant, Department of Russian Politics,

Lomonosov Moscow State University

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Prosp. Lomonosovskiy, 27, bld. 4, 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation

Sergey A. Pankratov

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), Professor, Head of Department of International Relations, Political Science and Area Studies,

Volgograd State University

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Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation


Abstract. The process of reunification of Crimea and the Russian Federation is considered in the context of the content, the basic trends and contradictions of the modern political process at the global, regional and national government levels. Analyzing the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the authors reveal the problem of observing the principle of sovereign equality of the states, territorial integrity, non-interference into the internal affairs of the states, the right of peoples to self-determination. The authors highlight the geopolitical threats and risks arising from the violation of the principle of force non-use or threat of force in the situation of “Ukrainian crisis”.

This process is analyzed through the prism of the political history of Russia, the establishment and strengthening of its statehood. Interpreted documentary sources reveal the organizational, legal, and political contradictions of the transfer of Crimean region from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. Socio-political importance of the reunification of Crimea and the Russian Federation for the present stage of modernization transformations of the society and the state are considered. The possible scenarios of development of the internal political and international situation with regard to the sanctions confrontation of Russia and some foreign countries are analyzed. The authors identified the resources for: effective assertion of the national interests of the Russian Federation; ensuring stability and security of life for all people living on its territory; permanent reproduction of national elite abilities (political, administrative, military, economic, etc.) to act decisively in critical situations, to make fateful decisions of geopolitical nature.

The article uses the results of sociological surveys of public opinion about the attitude of the Russians and citizens of Ukraine to the process of reunification of Crimea with Russia.

Key words: Crimea and Sevastopol, Russian Federation, reunion, political process, trends, contradictions, sanctions, social and policy-making.

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