Palgrave-MacMillan in "Center-Periphery Conflict in Post-Soviet Russia", ed. M. Alexseev., page(s): 306
Why did the Soviet Union break up, whereas the Russian Federation has so far held together in the face of ostensibly similar secession crises? To what extent is regional separatism a product of economic incentives or local ethnic identity? Few areas of the world display a greater complexity of ethnic relations than the post-Soviet empire, and there are few with greater long-term strategic significance.