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Memory politics and Russia's war in Ukraine - Speaker view
Gleb Golubkov
Q: As it has been noted, key tropes of the Russian imperialism were evident during the annexation of Crimea. It have been supported by the majority of Russian population now and then. My question: what makes Russians so predisposed to the acclamation of such identity’s outlook and dangerous propaganda? Possibly the traumatic experience of the collapse of the Soviet Union?
Gleb Golubkov
Q:The monument of Lenin in the town of Henichesk was removed from its main square after the Maidan revolution. However, the monument was restored as the Russian troops occupied the town two days ago. At the same time, Putin stated that Ukraine is the invention of Lenin, Implying that he laid the foundation of the current conflict. How can we address such ambivalence in relation to the representation of Lenin in Russia’s memory discourse?
Gleb Golubkov
An additional point to professor Bieber’s speech which may confirm that imperial narratives are hard to overcome: during Perestroika and 1990s we could see the attempts to change narratives regarding Stalinist period of the Soviet Union, including the work of Memorial. However, today we can witness the revival of positive image of Stalin. The picture is even more troublesome as the narrative is present in school’s history classrooms right now, as it makes perspective of coming up with an alternative narrative even harder.
Xymena Kurowska - CEU - Austria
I'm telling EU fighters with disinformation that they should learn from UA.
Olga Burlyuk
Thank you so much for the fantastic discussion. I have to take off, but hopefully listen to you in other events later!
Ivan Nikolovski
Thank you for all the great questions, Olga! Best regards