Voluntary organizations and society–military relations in contemporary Russia

Robertshaw, S. (2014) Voluntary organizations and society–military relations in contemporary Russia. European Security, 24(2), pp. 304-318. (doi:10.1080/09662839.2014.968134)

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Abstract

The 2014 crisis in Ukraine has refocused attention on Russia as a European security actor. Despite showing renewed military capability, compared to the post-Soviet period, Russian society–military relations have remained the same. This relationship (between society and the security organs) provides the key context for assessing security. Analysis of everyday militarization and the role of voluntary organizations (such as DOSAAF [Dobrovol'noe obshchestvo sodeistviya armii, aviatsii i flotu] and Nashi [Molodezhnoe demokraticheskoe antifashistskoe dvizheni]) in supporting the military can provide an important insight into Russian behaviour as a security actor. These organizations generate a pro-military outlook and at the same time provide training and activities, thus contributing to military effectiveness by developing the competency of young people prior to military service as well as increasing public knowledge of military affairs. However, strong support for the military, a lack of independent information, and an absence of a shared vision on how society–military relations should be developed and also represent political challenges in terms of everyday militarization. This dynamic is important for understanding both Russia's security posture and wider security implications for Europe.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertshaw, Mr Samuel
Authors: Robertshaw, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Security
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0966-2839
ISSN (Online):1746-1545
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Author
First Published:First published in European Security 24(2):304-318
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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577212Glasgow - ESRC Standard Research Transition Standard Competition DTGMary Beth KneafseyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/I902406/1RSI- RESEARCH STRATEGY & INNOVATION
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