A1 Journal article (refereed)
Pala Ukrainasta – väkisin, mutta suostutellen (2022)

Ahtamo, V. (2022). Pala Ukrainasta – väkisin, mutta suostutellen. Idäntutkimus, 29(1), 3-22. https://doi.org/10.33345/idantutkimus.112036

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Publication details

All authors or editorsAhtamo, Valtteri

Journal or seriesIdäntutkimus


Publication year2022

Publication date14/04/2022


Issue number1

Pages range3-22

PublisherVenäjän ja Itä-Euroopan tutkimuksen seura

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80645

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This article analyses the Russian Government’s justifying operation of the annexation of Crimea in 2014. By analysing chronologically Russian policymakers’ speech acts and governmental media representations in relation to key events and agents’ actions through a discursive-rhetorical geopolitical reading, the paper sheds light on the campaign’s reactive implementation and the basis of its persuasive power. The Kremlin managed to derive from the Ukrainian internal conflict firstly juridical and security-invoking intervention discourses, campaigning with them for the home audience and Crimean compatriots before the military occupation. During the formal annexation, the Kremlin added discourses such as Crimean and Russian historical unity and the hypocritical West that is subjugating Russia. The analysis highlights the cumulation of rhetorical elements in which the Russian regime formed a geopolitical image favouring the Crimean land grab. The image had an obvious weight in ensuring targeted audiences’ support for practical action.

Keywordswarspolitical crisesUkrainian crisis 2014-occupation (military operations)legitimacydiscourserhetoricgeopolitics

Free keywordsUkraina; Venäjä; Krim

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1

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