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From Neo-Imperialism to Post-Imperialism

1991-2005 – transitional period from empire to new nation states
Russia used “imperial” approach: economic support of the “colonies” in return for political loyalty and hopes of reintegration
Putin’s generation of Russian politicians is less sentimental about Soviet “shared legacy”
Since 2005 the emphasis has shifted to promoting Russia’s economic interests: subsidies and barter in relations with the former republics are replaced by market relations
Under Putin the relations between Russia and its former sister republics are being transformed into normal relations between nation states
"Near abroad" is no longer Russia's exclusive backyard. Russia is one of the global players here
Economic influence based on market relations instead of simulating integration by subsidies and barter
Russia is prepared to cooperate with young democracies if they respect its interests
As a great energy power”, Russia has enough resources to compete with the U.S., E.U. and China for influence in the "near abroad"
Russia’s successful modernisation will be the most reliable basis for its continued economic and cultural influence in the region
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