After Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, it’s no surprise that other countries bordering Russia are wondering where they stand on Vladimir Putin’s shopping list. That they are on the list is a given.
Article 61 of Russia’s Constitution promises that “the Russian Federation shall guarantee its citizens defense and patronage beyond its boundaries.” In other words, Russia shall protect any Russian citizen who is mistreated while outside Russia.
On its face, Article 61 may seem reasonable. In practice it is toxic, providing legal justification for illegal acts outside Russia’s borders. Article 61 is reminiscent of the Soviet Union’s infamous Article 58, which forbade “counter-revolutionary action” within and outside the Soviet Union.… Seguir leyendo »