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This is the sixth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Vladimir Abarinov, a Russian journalist, and Galina Sidorova and translated by Arch Tait.
For one section of Russian society, 2014 saw the triumphant reawakening of the Russian
Empire as it “rebelled against the West”. For another section, it was a year when the state
shamed itself, perfidiously attacking a neighbour and menacing the rest of the world with
nuclear weapons, de facto unleashing a civil war in someone else’s country and a cold war
against dissident citizens in its own.
As the battle cry for this new “crusade” against its closest kin, and against the Western world that supported that neighbour, it was decided to dig out of the lumber room of history the notion of “the Russian World”.