Progress vs. Tradition. A Brief Course of 20th Century Russian History for Top Management

#10. Questions and Answers

When deciding on the intervention of Russia in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict in August 2008, Medvedev and Putin faced a difficult choice: not to interfere meant “losing a face”, to allow destabilization in the whole Caucasus, but to defend South Ossetia meant to take on a confrontation with the United States and NATO.