This project contributes to an exciting new area in authoritarian regime research: authoritarian regimes as promoters of global norms. More specifically, it examines whether Russia may be advancing its own version of the humanitarian intervention norm. The project explores this question by analyzing Russian justifications for its intervention in Crimea, employing QDA to investigate this question with the use of Atlas.ti software. This research approach offers great advantages for authoritarian regime scholars, but it also poses some interesting challenges. The presentation will discuss research design in detail within the context of our project, offering participants substantive and methodological insights.