Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Visiting Fellow, Eurasia in Global Dialogue
V-Day as a Memory War. Russia’s Battles over the History of World War II
In the past decade, memory politics has become greatly contested. Russia under Putin has launched a major propaganda offensive ahead of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II (8 May in the world, 9 May in Russia), claiming a unique role in the toppling of German Nazism that is “devalued” and “falsified” in the West. The research will explore the implications of this memory “Cold War” on Russia’s relations with Europe, and prospects for a consolidated historical narrative regarding the War, reconciling and de-securitising historical memory.