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 editors: Ahtamo, Valtteri

Journal or series: Idäntutkimus

ISSN: 1237-6051

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 14/04/2022

Volume: 29

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 3-22

Publisher: Venäjän ja Itä-Euroopan tutkimuksen seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33345/idantutkimus.112036

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

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

Additional information: Artikkeli.


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.

Keywords: wars; political crises; Ukrainian crisis 2014-; occupation (military operations); legitimacy; discourse; rhetoric; geopolitics

Free keywords: Ukraina; Venäjä; Krim

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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