O. V. Bakhlova, A. N. Slugina. Interregional Cooperation and Integration within the Framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia: Specifics of Integration and Information Support

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DOI: 10.15507/2413-1407.118.030.202201.010-030


Introduction. The relevance of the study is due to the need to ensure a synergetic effect within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, to create its positive image as an integration association in internal and external dimensions. The purpose of the study is to identify the specifics of cooperation between the regions of Russia and Belarus in the context of integration priorities of both countries.

Materials and Methods. The research was based on the traditional study of documents, content analysis, comparative and multilevel analysis. The most important materials are official documents of Russia and Belarus, publications in the media, expert survey data, statistical information on the dynamics of interregional relations in the Union State. All of them together made it possible to concretize the signs of multifaceted communications in the field under consideration, to identify possible ways to improve the integration policy of the member states of the Union State in the face of escalated challenges and threats.

Results. The peculiarities of the approaches of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus to the interpretation of interregional cooperation and integration in the format of the Union State are shown. The positions of the border regions are characterized. The content and orientation of media publications of different levels are analyzed, certain vulnerabilities are highlighted. Insufficient degree of interrelation of strategic orientations of integration and interregional interaction is found. The lack of manifestation of conflicting motives is offset by distancing from substantive coverage and discussion of topical issues, including by regional and local communities.

Discussion and Conclusion. The performed research shows that the tasks of information support of the Union State, organization of “demand for integration”, training of personnel for “integration marketing” at the level of the regions of the two countries and expansion of their communication channels are unsolved. The recommendations made as a result are intended for representatives of state authorities and local self-government bodies and are aimed at improving the current situation through more effective use of existing advantages and mechanisms and the formation of new ones that meet the needs of integrating states and their regions.

Keywords: integration, interregional cooperation, political decisions, political elites, cross-border cooperation, region, Russian-Belarusian relations, Union State of Belarus and Russia

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Funding. The reported study was funded by RFBR and EISR, project number 21-011-31086 “Challenges and Opportunities for the Union State of Belarus and Russia: Internal and External Dimensions”.

For citation: Bakhlova O.V., Slugina A.N. Interregional Cooperation and Integration within the Framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia: Specifics of Integration and Information Support. Regionology = Russian Journal of Regional Studies. 2022; 30(1):10-30. doi: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.118.030.202201.010-030


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Submitted 07.06.2021; approved after reviewing 17.08.2021; accepted for publication 27.08.2021.

About the authors:

Olga V. Bakhlova, Professor, Department of World History, Political Science and Regional Studies, National Research Mordovia State University (68/1 Bolchevistskaya St., Saransk 430005, Russian Federation), Dr. Sci. (Political Science), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3849-8321olga.bahlova@mail.ru

Anastasiya N. Slugina, Researcher, Scientific and Educational Center “Political Analysis of Territorial Systems”, National Research Mordovia State University (68/1 Bolchevistskaya St., Saransk 430005, Russian Federation), Master of Regional Studies of Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8250-272Xgorskaya_nastya@mail.ru

Contribution of the authors:

O. V. Bakhlova – studying of the concept; critical analysis of the materials; critical analysis and revision of the text of the article.

A. N. Slugina – collection, processing and analysis of information; writing the initial version of the text of the article; studying of the concept.

The authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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