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Russia observers have long warned about President Vladimir Putin’s desire to re-establish Russia’s premiere place on the world stage and create an axis of influence to counter Western power. Writing for the Coda Story web platform, journalist Joshua Kucera describes one project in the pursuit of those ends: the creation of a supranational body called the Eurasian Union. Yet so far, Russia’s grand vision of unifying the people of Eurasia under a common civilization banner has garnered little enthusiasm and few practical benefits for its members. getAbstract recommends Kucera's introduction to the Eurasian Economic Union to anyone who hasn't yet heard of it. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Vladimir Putin proposed the creation of the Eurasian Union;
  • How Russian influence is helped and hampered by the EEU; and
  • What form the Eurasian Union has taken, thus far.
 

About the Author

Joshua Kucera is a journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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In May 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dream of creating a “Eurasian” supranational body, with Russia at its center, finally came into being. Geopolitically, Putin envisioned the Eurasian Union as a counterweight to the European Union, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region. It was meant to embody the ideology of Eurasianism, which affirms that Russia and its neighbors comprise their own distinct civilization, unique from Western Europe and Asia.


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