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Working paper

RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY AND ITS HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES

CESEDEN. CESEDEN. Spanish Ministry of Defense, School of High Defence Studies (EALEDE), 2014
This thesis aims to demonstrate the power of a country like Russia, whose government has reestablished the imperialist vision of the past. Its propaganda apparatus capable of controlling the public opinion together with the willingness of the government to use military means to defend its interests, provides the Federation with an undeniable power. An essential fact, nevertheless, that may induce other countries to make mistakes even against their own population. Initially, the research focuses on knowing the mindset of Russian society and the media exert control over it. Next, deciphering the guidelines of its foreign policy and configuration of the world based on their relationships with strategically important territories and the organizations leaded by the Federation. Finally, revealing the causes that led to the conflict in Ukraine as well as the methods used during the fighting by both parties to the conflict. The issue of Russia is of great relevance nowadays due to the annexation of Crimea and the clashes occurred after the revolution in the Maidan. However the consequences of the policy of "fait accompli" carried out by the Kremlin should not be regarded as a timely matter, but in the medium term. Therefore, keeping track of the Ukrainian crisis may help preventing similar situations and separatist movements in the upcoming future in other areas of Russia's geopolitical influence.