27 November 2009
Medvedev's Amendments to the Law on Defence
The Consequences for Europe
This brief examines the Russian Law on Defence, particularly the so-called Medvedev amendments that allow for Russian troops to be deployed abroad for four purposes. The author argues that the vagueness of these amendments enables Russia to deploy its armed forces abroad in a wide range of situations. The ultimate aim, the author posits, may be for Russia to use this military leverage to consolidate its domination of the post-Soviet space.
© 2009 Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
Yury E Fedorov