Conclusion: Russia Under Construction
At the same time, however, the Russian Federation emerged as a new state unit under completely new international conditions. In other words, neither tsarist Russia nor the Soviet Union was completely similar to the Russian Federation in terms of its geographic location, political organization or the method of operation of its economic system. The country also found itself in a different configuration of the international system. Russia was faced with the problem of finding its place in international politics, its own self-importance and its own methods of operation. In this book, I have attempted to point out that throughout the whole examined period, Russia has been in a turbulent period of constructing the meaning of where and what is the “New Russia.” Russia, simply, has long been “under construction”.