Ulkopoliittisen instituutin tutkija Katri Pynnöniemi on julkaissut artikkelin ’The Rearrangement of the Post-Soviet Space and the Representation of Russia as Eurasian Bridge’ kirjassa ’Empire De/Centered: New Spatial Histories of Russia and the Soviet Union’, jonka toimittivat Sanna Turoma ja Maxim Waldstein, Ashgate Publishers 2013.
In 1987 the Soviet empire collapsed, at a stroke throwing the certainties of the Cold War world into flux. Yet despite the dramatic
end of this ‘last empire’ and political commentators consigning the idea of empire to the dustbin of history, new forces filling the
vacuum left by the end of the Soviet Union repeatedly draw upon the language and concepts of imperialism.
Bringing together a multidisciplinary and international group of authors to study Soviet society and culture through the categories
empire and space, this collection demonstrates the enduring legacy of empire with regard to Russia, whose history has been marked by
a particularly close and ambiguous relationship between nation and empire building, and between national and imperial identities.