The number of arguments and explanations dealing with post-Soviet Russia is continuously increasing. Scholars, journalists and policy-makers are all obsessed with its trajectory and, even more specifically, the role of Vladimir Putin.
- As widely reported by the media, the key justification for Russian intervention in Crimea has been the need to protect ethnic Russians. Indeed, President Putin obtained the backing from Russia’s upper house of parliament on that basis. The argument, built around a vaguely construed notion of humanitarian intervention or protection of nationals abroad has proved wholly unpersuasive.