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The impact of Russia on governance structures in Ukraine

Die Auswirkungen Russlands auf Governance-Strukturen in der Ukraine
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Sushko, Oleksandr

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Corporate Editor Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik gGmbH
Abstract "Does Russia impacton governance structures in Ukraine? Does the Russian leadership have either a motive or leverage to shape Ukraines political system? What has determined Russian foreign policy vis-à-vis Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union? This paper takes up these questions and investigates the historical background to the current relationship between Russia and Ukraine, outlines the dyadic dependencies and conflicting interests and analyses Russia's Ukraine policy with a special focus on political practices rather than formal policies. On the one hand, Moscows direct impact on Ukraine has declined since the country'sindependence in 1991 and its closer affiliation with European structures. On the other hand, Ukraine remains vulnerable to subversive Russian influence deriving from cultural, structural, organisational and societal similarities, as well as from a deep connection between the business elites and populations of both countries. Since the Orange revolution, Russian-Ukrainian relations were increasingly shaped by conflicting political processes underway in both countries with Russia aiming to retain Ukraine within its sphere of influence by creating and strengthening anti-western platforms inside the country." (author's abstract)
Keywords Russia; Ukraine; governance; political system; influence; bilateral relations; intervention; cooperation; foreign policy; Europe; energy policy; dependence; revolution; meaning
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Bonn
Page/Pages 32 p.
Series DIE Discussion Paper, 24/2008
ISBN 978-3-88985-415-5
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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