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Book chapter

Simulating sovereignty: the role of the Arctic in constructing Russian post-imperial identity

P. 206-215.

The work examines Russia's quest for sovereignty in the Arctic region in the 21st Century. This includes the renewed territorial disputes for the greater Arctic basin, plans for hydrocarbon exploration and new Russian military bases, as well as for the reopening of the intercontinental Northern Sea Route in the conditions of global warming. However, the chapter argues, many of these plans are vain, underresourced and economically unviable. Their value lies in the symbolic sphere of representing Russia's greatness, and supportng the ambitions of a resurgent global power -- or rather, in "simulating sovereignty", to use the concept of Cynthia Weber.

In book

Simulating sovereignty: the role of the Arctic in constructing Russian post-imperial identity
L.; NY: Routledge, 2018.