A Russia of Power report sheds light on Russia today and its future

A Russia of Power report sheds light on Russia today and its future

The report A Russia of Power examines the current state of Russia, as well as its future, from the perspective of security.

The report is part of a series of reports commissioned once per governmental term by the Ministry of Defence: Haasteiden Venäjä (“Russia of Challenges”) was published in 2008, and Muutosten Venäjä (“Russia of Transformations”) in 2012.

The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Defence coordinated its preparation.

The goal of the report is to increase awareness of security and understanding of Russia. It was also deemed important to develop more research expertise in the field and research cooperation. Students and young researchers contributed, which gave them valuable experience. An additional benefit was that researchers and authorities were able to combine their expertise; this cooperation will be developed more systematically in the future.

The report focuses on three main themes: Russian foreign policy, its military defence and the resources of the country’s defence industry, and Russia’s internal development.

Preparing the report took a year, during which over 40 experts from universities, research institutes and various authorities participated in the work of the three thematic groups.

Their task was to evaluate the country’s current status, as well as factors that could contribute to change or continuity. In addition to evaluating impacts on Russia’s stability and relations between Finland and Russia, the report also examined security from the perspectives of Finland, the neighbouring areas and the international community more broadly. The project also involved foresight analysis of the future of Russia.

The report collates the work of the experts who participated in the project; each thematic group was given a task and was responsible for producing their own section of the report. Therefore, the views expressed in the report are those of the authors and experts, and they do not represent the views of the Finnish government.

Attachment: The key messages in A Russia of Power by theme (foreign policy, military defence and the defence industry’s resources, internal development, and possible futures for Russia).

You can download the report 'Russia of Power' here.


Terhi Ylitalo, Senior Advisor, tel. +358 295 140 143
Aleksi Kuutio, Senior Advisor, tel. +358 295 140 128