Living Next to Russia

  • Kjetil DuvoldEmail author
  • Sten Berglund
  • Joakim Ekman


This chapter focuses on the strained and complex relationship between the Baltic states and Russia, not least in the aftermath of the annexation of Crimea and the wider conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Much of the analysis centres on Latvia in particular—since the country was singled out for a special ‘post-Crimea’ survey. The spotlight is on public support for the main geopolitical actors along the main faultline in Europe: Russia versus the European Union. How do ordinary people feel about Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin and after the annexation of Crimea? Do they support the current membership of the European Union and the very idea of European integration? The majority and minority populations may agree on many things, but on fundamental issues such as geopolitical orientation, they are at odds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalarna UniversityFalunSweden
  2. 2.Örebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  3. 3.Södertörn UniversityStockholmSweden

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