Tag "history"

Edward Lucas: Threads of the past

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Edward Lucas seams together a Soviet chic garment and the Kremlin’s inability to deal honestly with history. Nazi memorabilia is not cool. If you hold your nose and look on the internet, you can find flags, T-shirts and bumper stickers commemorating the Third Reich on sale at outlets that also sell pagan-themed cigarette lighters and Ku Klux Klan regalia. But no reputable retailer would stock

Ukraine’s Stolen History, Stolen Culture

By Lesia Kuruts-Tkach, Atlantic Council Until recently, Ukrainian culture was perceived internationally as a subset of Russian culture. Even now, after Ukraine has had almost twenty-seven years of independence and with hundreds of years of history behind it, Ukrainian history is often presented as Russian. Mykola Gogol, Volodymyr the Great, the Kyivan Rus, Anne of Kyiv—all of this is Ukrainian, but has long been skillfully and fraudulently presented as Russian. The

‘Comedy of Terrors’ Creating Real Problems for Moscow

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Armand Iannuci’s new British film, The Death of Stalin: A Comedy of Terrors, is presenting some real problems for the Russian authorities. On the one hand, banning the film will only attract more views to it online if not in theaters and make “banned in Moscow” almost as much a selling point as “banned in Boston” used to be in the US. And on

Russian embassy press secretary tweets misleading facts about World War II

By Polygraph Nick Lakhonin Press Secretary, Russian Embassy to U.S. “Do not forget to mention – USSR & US were allies – Baltic states were dictatorships Hopefully historian Richie will tell how Lithuania received its capital in 1939, about Holocaust in t/ Baltics, Nordic Waffen SS volunteers” Source: Twitter, January 2, 2018 MISLEADING The press secretary leaves out important facts in his tweet. On January 2, the official Twitter account

Aleksandr III and a Three-headed dragon: Russian statues send mixed and conflicting messages

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In Russia today, monuments more than memoranda have become the most favored way of expressing political views at least in part because, however controversial many of them inevitably become, statues allow for multiple interpretations or alternatively for none at all. This weekend brought two examples. In the first, Vladimir Putin dedicated a statue in Russian-occupied Crimea to Emperor Aleksandr III, the embodiment for many

Top Russian Lawmaker Denies Communist Regimes Killed 100 Million People

By Polygraph Alexey Pushkov chairman of the commission on information policy of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament “100 million killed by communist regimes — these numbers are pulled out of a hat. Besides, imperialist regimes, including Hitler, killed just as many. Propaganda.” Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda, November 8 2017 FALSE The 100 million number is based on archival documents On November 7, the U.S. declared the first

State memory: 1917 and Russian memory politics

By Manfred Sapper, Volker Weichsel, for Eurozine ‘Russian memory politics represses both the utopia and the violence. It wants neither to know about the perpetrators nor to commemorate the victims.’ The editors of Eurozine partner journal ‘Osteuropa’ reflect on the political meaning of Russia’s official commemoration of 1917. Word has got out: history politics is about politics, not history. The interpretation of the past serves to define the present and

History as a Weapon in Russia’s War on Ukraine

Bу Peter Dickinson, for Atlantic Council The international media will embrace all things Bolshevik this autumn as the world marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Audiences can expect everything from gushing feature articles about early Soviet cinematography to edgy op-eds on the place of propaganda posters in twentieth century art. Amid this deluge of Communist kitsch, we are unlikely to see a serious analysis of Ukraine’s 1917-21 statehood bid

Facing facts: Why the Great Famine in Ukraine still matters today

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA The Holodomor happened almost a century ago. It’s legacy still shapes contemporary conflict. Was the Holodomor a genocide? No, says modern Russia, echoing the Soviet Union; Stalin killed lots of people, and the fact that so many millions of them were Ukrainians is beside the point. For Ukraine, by contrast, the mass murder of millions by the Communist regime in the Kremlin is both a

Leonid Gozman: Is there a rebirth of stalinism in Russia?

Stalinism was criminal, costly and inefficient. Today’s Russia could meet the same fate. By Leonid Gozman, for The Moscow Times Today’s Russia doesn’t have the concentration camps or mass repressions we associate with Stalin’s regime. But cruelty and bloodshed weren’t the only defining characteristics of Stalin’s system. There were others too, and their reemergence under President Vladimir Putin suggests that Stalinism is resurging. Citizen as Resource Like the pharaos who commissioned the Egyptian pyramids, Communist

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