The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Russia’s Worldview: Policy Implications

By Polina Sinovets

Nuclear weapons occupy a special place in the policy of Russia. Moreover they have become a part of Russian strategic culture, initially built around the idea of a strong military state. The author argue in this article that during the whole Russian history - from the Russian Empire till the Russian Federation of today - military power became the key institutional foundation of Russian statehood. The aim of the article is to analyze the connections between the Russian nuclear worldview and Russian state policy during the twenty-five years since the end of the Cold War.