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Блеск и нищета самоопределения народов

The subject matter of this article is the principle of Self-Determination of Peoples
of the contemporary international law. The principle is scrutinized both historically
through its inner historical transformation and logically, through the
analysis of its inner normative logic. The problem related to this principle is
that it belongs simultaneously to three realms, those of politics, law and morals,
containing different meanings. These meanings often do contradict each other
and it happens differently on different stages of the historical transformation.
The three major stages of the development of the principle (from the First
World War up to the end of the Second; from the end of the Second World war
up to the demise of the Soviet Union; and from the demise of the Soviet Union
up to now) were continuously the stages of predominantly political, legal and
moral. Each of the stages was reflecting the characteristic illusion of its time
and was founded on the unique combination of the dominant meanings of the
principle, which was enabling the principle to play its practical role. At the
same time there are clear indications that the principle is incapable to play its
cardinal proper role of the universal moral principle when it comes to it. This
becomes crystal clear at the third stage of the development and which is triggering
unprecedented political violence of the contemporary movements of selfdetermination
and secession.