Remedial Peoplehood: Russia’s New Theory on Self-Determination in International Law and its Ramifications beyond Ukraine

Author: Loqman Radpey
Published: 07.10.2022
The evolution of samoopredelenie or self-determination dates back to the early 20th century when these terms were used by the Russian Bolsheviks and the West respectively to advance ideological and political objectives. Now once again the concept of self-determination and its subject, i.e., people, have been variously invoked to justify support for the people of Ukraine writ large, and more narrowly for the “Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics” of the Donbas region. Following the crystallisation of self-determination as a legal right and the subsequent process of decolonisation, certain groups have been designated by outsiders — not by the peoples themselves…