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Kremlin creating a syncretic religion combining state-controlled Orthodoxy and a neo-pagan Victory cult, Eidman says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The appalling revelation that the faces of Vladimir Putin, Sergey Shoygu, Joseph Stalin, and Putin’s “little green men” of Crimean infamy will grace a mosaic in the Russian military’s new cathedral highlights Putin’s effort to create “a syncretic faith” combing state-controlled Orthodoxy and “a neo-pagan” Victory cult, Igor Eidman says. In ancient Rome, the Russian commentator says, “statues of emperors (alive and dead) were

Ten myths get in the way of understanding Soviet-era dissidents, Davydov says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In a detailed and heavily footnoted 19,000 word article for the Liberal Mission Foundation, Viktor Davydov, himself a dissident in Soviet times, says there are ten myths about dissidents that continue to get in the way of an understanding of those grouped under that term and their influence. He specifies that he is not referring to the official Soviet myth that dissidents were paid

‘Russian world’ should be understood as ‘infectious psychiatric disorder,’ Altufyev says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Russian world has been defined and approached from many different directions, with some arguing that it includes all those who speak Russian and thus share in a common culture and others that it is a modified version of Sovietism with a set of quite specific ideological features. But almost all of these approaches treat it as a political phenomenon, one that can be

In combatting Russian disinformation, BBC news standards don’t work, Tsybulenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia “In the struggle with Russian disinformation, the so-called ‘BBC standards’ of journalism not only do not work but on the contrary are exceptionally destructive,” regularly giving Moscow victories it does not deserve and must not gain, according to Evhen Tsybulenko. The professor at Tallinn Technical University and co-editor of the important new book, The Use of Force Against Ukraine and International Law (The Hague,

Kremlin presents Russia ‘an island of stability’ in a turbulent world to warn Russians against radical change, Shevchuk says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov has reviewed an image of Russia widespread in 2008 but more recently in disuse, of Russia as “an island of stability” in an increasingly turbulent world, Mikhail Shevchuk says, thus sending a message to Russians that whatever their problems, those not fortunate to be on the island are in worse shape. But this image of Russia as “an island

Kremlin’s increasingly positive image of Stalin leading to whitewashing of deportations, specialists on the North Caucasus say

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Moscow’s promotion of the Great Victory in World War II, the basis of the current regime’s legitimacy, has contributed to an increasingly positive image of Stalin; and that in turn, experts on the North Caucasus say, has led to a serious reduction of attention to the mass deportations and the whitewashing of this crime against humanity. On the one hand, they say, this shift

A quarter of Belarusians rely on Russian media for news, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia One Belarusian in four has not read the Belarusian media during the last month but instead relies on Russian media often delivered via the Internet, according to Mikhail Doroshevich, the director of the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, on the basis of a new survey. This group watches NTV on the Internet, goes to Russian portals like Lenta.ru, and communicates with each other via Russian

Kremlin using archaeologists in Karelia to undermine truth and whitewash Stalin’s reputation

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Moscow has deployed archaeologists at Sandarmokh, the site in Karelia where more than 10,000 of Stalin’s victims were buried, in a transparent effort to rewrite history a la Katyn by suggesting that those buried there were killed by the Finns during the Winter War rather than by the Soviet dictatorship throughout its history. Sandarmokh attracted attention beginning in the 1990s thanks to the heroic efforts

Beyond censorship: Kremlin using another means to impose ideological control

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Preventing the publication of something or suppressing it after it has been published are all too familiar forms of censorship and the imposition of ideological control in Putin’s Russia. But there are other means as well, including forcing the reorganization of research staffs and the forced firing of critics of the regime. An example of this more insidious form of repression is occuring at Moscow’s

Zelensky playing on Putin’s fears Ukraine could be an alternative Russia, Kirillova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Even before his inauguration, incoming Ukrainian president has launched an information war against Moscow, calling on others in the post-Soviet countries to see what is “possible” if one does what Ukraine is doing and offering Ukrainian citizenship to those, including Russians, who are struggling against authoritarian regimes. To the extent he follows through on these words, Kseniya Kirillova says, he will be conducting “an

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