Separatism and Annexation

Agnia Grigas

in Beyond Crimea

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780300214505
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780300220766 | DOI:
Separatism and Annexation

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In this chapter, case studies are presented where Moscow’s policies have completed the full progression of the reimperialization policy trajectory from soft power to compatriot protection to separatism and finally to effective control or annexation. Analysis of Ukraine places the 2014–15 war in a broader framework of Russia’s policies, demonstrating how the annexation of Crimea as well as the ongoing separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine were gradually achieved with soft power, passportization, and information warfare policies. The case of Ukraine is contrasted to Moscow’s policies toward Georgia’s South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and Moldova’s Transnistria and Gagauzia.

Keywords: Moldova; Georgia; Ukraine; Crimea; Transnistria; Gagauzia; Frozen conflict; Separatism

Chapter.  14725 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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