Cover Osteuropa 5/2020

In Osteuropa 5/2020

Market, State and Propaganda
The Northern Sea Route in Russia’s Arctic plans

Andreas Renner

Deutsche Fassung


As a result of climate change, the Northern Sea Route could become a profitable link between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Russia, which already began plans to develop the Arctic region during tsarist times, anticipates an increase in transit traffic and goods exports. The expansion of the infrastructure for the use of the sea route and for extracting raw materials is a key project in Russia’s Arctic strategy. At the same time, the Arctic Ocean acts as a projection screen for Moscow’s claims to power in partnership with China.

(Osteuropa 5/2020, pp. 39–59)