Upon Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine in late February, questions about Vladimir Putin’s view of the borders of the “Russian world” (Russkiy mir) made headlines. Some suggested that the borders of the Russian world would include countries of the Baltic basin while others confined them to countries that used to have common history with the Russian Federation and were once part of it, e.g. Ukraine. A third group adopted a broader view and maintained that the borders of the Russian world could extend to include countries that share particular elements with Moscow, e.g. common language, ethnic unity, or history.