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By Andrei Makine

In international struggle II Ivan Demidov gained the pink Army's maximum award for bravery, that of Hero of the Soviet Union. however the many years following the conflict have introduced him a lifetime of difficulty, alleviated simply via his delight during this fulfillment and the modest privileges granted to conflict veterans. His daughter, Olya, nonetheless, born in 1961 and proficient as a linguist, takes up a put up as an interpreter at Moscow's overseas enterprise middle with entry to a metropolitan way of life past the goals of her mom and dad. the single capture is that her activity comprises servicing overseas businessmen round the clock and passing on information regarding them to the KGB. this can be a lovely drama of disillusionment and rigidity among the 2 generations: the one who grew up below Stalin and observed its religion in him disintegrate and the one who grew up less than Brezhnev, fixated at the glamour of the West and its fabric items. Makine's bright and genuine evocation of everyday life in post-war Soviet Russia suits in its depth the photos of nineteenth-century Russian lifestyles provided through Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

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As seen by its inability to use military power efficiently and effectively, most conspicuously in Chechnya, Russia falls short of a key criterion used by realists, namely, an ability to project military power that is on par with (other) great powers. It also falls short of most other material criteria such as technological innovation, not to mention size of population and of gross national budget. Russia ostensibly shares a moral purpose and a whole string of norms with the system’s (other) leading powers.

Lincoln then adds another factor that added to this imposition, namely that a number of young Russian bureaucrats held that, to a Europe dominated by Enlightenment thinking, “the pre-modern military and fiscal concerns of Muscovite tsars confirmed poorly to the image of a Great Power that their sovereigns hoped to project. To be sure, Russia’s military needs continued greater than ever [sic], but, as a Great Power, she also must exhibit some proper concern for her citizens” (Lincoln 1982, 3; compare 175).

The concept, and more importantly the actual practice of sovereignty, is the cornerstone of international society. It is the system of mutual recognition between states: 38 O Hiski Haukkala the foundational norm on which the constitutional structure of international life has been built on (Barkin 1998, 230; Jackson 1999, 433; James 1999, 468). Often sovereignty has been seen as something absolute, fixed, and immutable. This has applied also in the case of IR scholarship (Barkin 1998, 231; see also Barkin and Cronin 1994, 107).

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