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Russian doctrine of international law after the annexation of Crimea Monograph von Zadorozhnii, Oleksandr (eBook)

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Russian doctrine of international law after the annexation of Crimea

The monograph is a comprehensive study of approaches adopted by the Russian doctrineof international law regarding the 2013-2015 events which are directly or indirectly connectedwith international legal relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation - the Revolutionof Dignity in Ukraine, the use of force by Russia in Crimea, the annexation of the peninsula,and the armed conflict in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The monographoffers an analysis of the key arguments produced to justify the 'lawfulness' of Russia's actionsand expose 'violations of international law by Ukraine' and evaluates the conclusions drawnby Russian researchers from the standpoint of international legal norms and principles, thepractice of their application, and modern approaches in global international law. The authoridentifies the changes that took place in the Russian doctrine on the main issues in internationallegal regulation of relations between states under the influence of the 2013-2015 eventsand summarizes the special features of contemporary doctrinal approaches and the main tendenciesof their transformation.


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Russian doctrine of international law after the annexation of Crimea


A ctive information policy is an integral part of the Russian Federation's general strategy in international relations. This can be evidenced by all major events that happened after the USSR ceased to exist and can best be traced during crises and conflicts: Russia is conducting orchestrated information activities directed at achieving its goals in confrontation and advocating its diverse actions with respect to other states. Relations with Ukraine, which are especially important for Russia, are accompanied with most intensive information activities about, for instance, the confrontation over "the Crimean issue", the partition of the Black Sea Fleet in the 1990s, the confrontation surrounding the Ukrainian leadership's course on Euro-Atlantic integration in 2005-2009, the "gas wars" of 2005-2006 and 2008-2009, and many other situations. At this stage, one can trace Russia's information activities intensifying with the beginning of the 2013 events connected with the conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union and subsequently in the course of the armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia in 2014-2015.

Russia has always paid special attention to justifying its public actions with respect to other states during conflicts from the point of view of international law. There has been consistent elaboration of certain approaches to major international legal issues. However, the conflict with Ukraine appeared to be exceptional in this regard and even pivotal. Approaches to international law followed by Russian officials, politicians, diplomats, and scholars drastically changed after and as a result of the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

At the same time, the perception of the necessity to legally justify Russia's actions in the eyes of its own population, the international community, including foreign politicians and political commentators, international legal scholars, and ordinary foreign citizens remains manifest. In the case of academic research, multifaceted work needs to be done following a systematic and interdisciplinary approach with the involvement of researchers in international, constitutional, criminal, and administrative law, as well as specialists in political science, history, sociology, and even economics, culture and psychology.

Besides shaping favorable public opinion in Russia and abroad, such multifaceted activity (and international legal research in the first place) may be directed at preparing for litigation (however distant), honing future arguments to be applied in a dispute or a criminal trial before competent international bodies.

Relevant Russian legal scholarship includes texts by S. Baburin, 1 G. Vilyaminov, 2 O. Derevyanko, 3 V. Zorkin, 4 , 5 A. Ibragimov, 6 Yu. Kurilyuk and I. Semenovsky, 7 V. Kryazhkov, 8 A. Kudryashova, 9 S. Marochkin, 10 G. Nebratenko and O. Nebratenko, 11 O. Khlestov, 12 K. Savryga, 13 N. Svechnikov and M. Bogdanova, 14 K. Sazonova, 15 V. Samigullin, 16 V. Tomsinov, 17 18 19 V. Tolstykh, 20 , 21 , 22 , 23 K. Tolkachova, 24 G.

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