The domestic and foreign policy nexus

Politics, threat perception and Russian security strategy

Authored by: Stefan Meister

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
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In the aftermath of the 2004 Beslan terror attack, President Vladimir Putin criticised the Russian leadership’s inability to assess and react adequately to external and internal threats with the words: ‘We displayed weakness. And the weak are beaten’ (Putin, 2004). This sentence gives the best understanding of his policy afterwards, which emphasises doing everything possible to ensure that the Russian state is strong enough to face any external or internal threat.

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