Edition: Lublin 2017
Citation method: J. Olędzka, ‘Russian Language as a Tool of Geopolitical Influence’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2017, pp. 135-163.
After the breakup of the USSR, sovereign initiatives revitalized ethnic, religious and national origins. The basic legitimation strategy of the newly created states became the merger of the so-called “new ethnicity” with strategic descent, then de-Russification. In the 21st century, these initiatives have been hampered and Russian language has again become a highly positioned tool for geopolitical influence in the region. The aim of this article is to analyze the catalog of language influence tools in the soft power of the Russian Federation and to show the importance of using this instrument in the geopolitical relations of the region.