The Russian influence strategy in its contested neighbourhood

Marco Marsili*

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The collapse of the Soviet Union has been followed by a series of conflicts between the Russian Federation and its neighbours. Although some of these conflicts have been fought at the kinetic level, they were justified by Moscow through information warfare activities and supported by influence operations. This chapter, which includes an extensive survey of the literature on the topic, aims to investigate the hybrid warfare strategy carried out by the Russian Federation in its “sphere of influence” over the last three decades—the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), Ukraine (Crimea and Donbass, i.e., Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics), Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) and Moldova (Transnistria)—and to assess the effectiveness of the Russian (dis)information strategy. The essay focuses on the nationalist discourse and the pro-Russia narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions to International Relations
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030739553
ISBN (Print)9783030739546
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameContributions to International Relations
ISSN (Print)2731-5061
ISSN (Electronic)2731-507X


  • Hybrid warfare
  • Information warfare
  • Nationalism
  • NATO
  • Soft power


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