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Russia's return to the superpower status


[ 1 ] Faculty of Humanities, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Year of publication


Published in

Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2019 | Journal volume: vol. 26 | Journal number: no. 4

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • International security
  • Russia
  • Security policy

EN Objectives: The elite of Russian power and Russian society have never come to terms with the collapse of the Soviet Union. They also did not accept the world order with the primary role of the United States. The purpose of this article is to characterize the policy of the Russian Federation, which is aimed at rebuilding the superpower position of this state, and to identify the reasons that clearly define Russia’s determination in this respect. Methods: Achieving the formulated goal will be possible by answering the question: Why does Russia strive to rebuild the status of the global superpower and what actions it undertakes in its policy? This question is the main research problem, which the authors of the article have taken up. In order to solve the indicated problem, theoretical methods will be used in the form of: source and literature criticiam, analysis, synthesis and inference. Results: Nobody negates the fact that Russia is still one of the largest countries in the world. Nonetheless, it is much smaller and weaker than the USSR. By means of assertive, not to say aggressive, and anti-western politics it demands to be recognized as a superpower eligible to decide on the international order. However, in the contemporary world, the territory decides about the superpower status to a much smaller extent. Conclusions: The foundations of the Russian superpower status are weak, and the popular anti-western narrative is not conducive to strengthening the Kremlin's position internationally.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

34 - 50




License type

CC BY-NC-ND (attribution - noncommercial - no derivatives)

Open Access Mode

open journal

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Date of Open Access to the publication

in press

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