The Putin era saw a striking 'securitization' of politics, something that he has bequeathed to his chosen successor, Dmitry Medvedev. The omens from the early days of the Medvedev presidency have been mixed, marked both by less confrontational rhetoric towards the West and by war with Georgia and continued re-armament. Has the Medvedev generation learned the lessons not just from the Soviet era but also from the Yeltsin and Putin presidencies, or will security remain the foundation of Russian foreign and domestic policy? Fully up-to-date to reflect the evolving Medvedev presidency, the 2008 Georgian war and the impact of the economic downturn, this volume is a much needed objective and balanced examination of the ways in which security has played and continues to play a central role in contemporary Russian politics. The combination of original scholarship with extensive empirical research makes this volume an invaluable resource for all students and researchers of Russian politics and security affairs.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByMark Galeotti

chapter 3|22 pages

The Politics of Security

ByMark Smith

chapter 4|18 pages

Civil–Military Relations and the Security Apparatus

ByBettina Renz

chapter 6|16 pages

Chechnya and Regional Security

ByC.W. Blandy

chapter 7|18 pages

Nuclear Arms Control After a Time of Troubles

ByStephen J. Cimbala

chapter 8|22 pages

Terrorism, Crime and the Security Forces

ByMark Galeotti

chapter 9|26 pages

The ‘Security Economy’

ByJulian Cooper

chapter 10|24 pages

Russia’s Unending Quest for Security

ByStephen Blank