Maxim Trudolyubov is working on a book that aims to study a crisis of humanity involving the transformation of individuals into insensitive “strangers” to the horrors of war, arbitrary rule, and repression. In such circumstances, some do more than just grow thick skin. They seek to rationalize and justify their tolerance of the most appalling acts of inhumanity. Focusing primarily on Russian society, but not confined to it, this book examines how supporting a war, not just Russia's war, has become a means to demonstrate loyalty, maintain high status, and amass wealth. This is also the tale of a generation whose formative years coincided with Gorbachev’s perestroika but whose maturity allowed it to embrace the cynicism and duplicity of the Putin era.
This Fellowship is part of the Progressive Int. Initiative.