Russian involvement in Afghanistan and its outcomes

Pamir Dietrich, Ayşe
Summary : The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and ten-year war that followed were the result of long, historical interest in the country by Russia that dates back to the 19th century combined with the Soviet Union’s desire to protect and promote friendly communist regimes. The war failed to achieve the Soviet Union’s goals, and even contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union, but even today the Russian Federation maintains an active interest in Afghanistan for many of the same reasons that its predecessor did.
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A. Pamir Dietrich, “Russian involvement in Afghanistan and its outcomes,” International Journal of Russian Studies (IJORS), vol. 12, no. 12/1 (2023), pp. 24–36, 2023, Accessed: 00, 2023. [Online]. Available: