Why does Russia have imperial ambitions its the size of a continent?

You would think they don't need extra land and instead focus on building their infrastructure right.


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  • the hell! they don't need extra land. Those big fives in the united nations always have imperial ambitions. thats why we can't avoid wars and conflict.

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  • Modern-day imperialism is not about land, it's about resources. The US has been doing the exact same thing all over the world and particularly in the middle east for many decades now. And China is buying land in Africa to mine on and teaches African children in African schools Chinese. It's not about land. Land was the topic of the 19th and early 20th century. In the 21st century, it's all about energy. Whoever has the most energy will have the strongest economy. And whoever has the strongest economy is the most powerful. Unfortunately, what none of the big superpowers in the world understands is that the future of energy lies in the green energy sector. At the moment green energy still needs some investments and research but in 20-40 years, green energy will be much cheaper, more powerful, more reliable and easier to get than oil, gas or coal.

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    • They do realize that it's in green energy but it's not practical for them to spend billions switching over when they can spend millions to spread misinformation and keep the status quo.

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  • 90% of countries have imperial ambitions. They've since subsided in the modern world but it's now more subtle. Instead of conquering land to add to their country, it's now economic imperialism. Russia is not trying to take more land, they're trying to maintain influence in the Caucasus, Asia and the satellite countries economically and diplomatically to prevent US encirclement - not to mention a unipolar world.

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    • what about t eh friction with Baltic countries since they are aligned with the west it seems Russia`s tactics is to bully them to come to their side and the annexation in Ukraine?

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    • What i understand from you is that Russia is trying to create a buffer zone of some sort?

    • Russia is 100% trying to maintain a buffer zone. China is doing the same thing via keeping North Korea afloat. They don't want NATO bases directly on their borders.

  • They don't. Rather, it is more about consolidating their power and maintaining a good sphere of influence. Historically you also have to realize that expansion is a part of the Russian psych. Due to a lack of fertile soil and low yields, Russians needed a lot of land to farm successfully and this culminated in a very nomadic, expansionist sort of culture. Richard Pipes discusses this a lot in his book "Russia Under the Old Regime."

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    • IK they were steppe nomads in the past and didn`t have much of permanent settlements

    • Not until the Normans invaded which culminated in the Kievan state. Even then, they were still pretty nomadic and free to roam. The appenage system of inheritance (dividing land equally amongst descendants) only further enabled this expansion and decentralization. Wasn't until serfdom following the Muscovite principality's rise to dominance that people were bonded to the land.

  • I don't think they have imperial ambitions. That is more the us. Russia is just sick of the U. S. Dealing with the world in the same post WW2 lense.

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  • Because there's nothing in Russia

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