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Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? From the editor: Sergey Shoigu’s initiative to criminalize the denial of the Soviet Union’s victory in the Great Patriotic War, by all indications, has found support in the State Duma. Yesterday, Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the State Duma, spoke on the usefulness of developing such a law in anticipation of the sixty-fifth anniversary of the victory (slightly revised to specify the denigration of historical memory). The Great Patriotic War, it seems, is one of the few historical events that can still find a response across the entire Russian world. The emergence...

11.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

On February 19, the “American Artists from the Russian Empire” exhibition opened in the Benua Wing of the Russian Museum. The exhibition is part of a series devoted to the “Art of Russian Emigres.” The exhibition includes works by painters and sculptors who emigrated to the United States from the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union up until the late 1930s. The names of many of them have virtually been erased from the history of our national art, and their creative legacy is unknown to many of our fellow countrymen. The exhibition includes approximately 100 works from 40 museums, galleries and private collections in...

24.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

When asked why February 23 became Red Army Day (from 1949-1993 – Day of the Soviet Army and Navy), any Soviet schoolboy could answer easily and without stumbling: it was the day that the newly formed Red Army troops won their first victory over the Germans. Or, according to the “Short History of the Communist Party,” it was when “the young squads of the new army – the army of a revolutionary people – had their first heroic victory against the German predator. Outside of Narva and Pskov the German occupiers were strongly resisted. Their advance was halted at Petrograd.” These days, everyone who is...

24.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

On February 3, in Moscow, a meeting took place between Vyacheslav Nikonov, executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart, two representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. We took the opportunity to sit down with His Eminence Archbishop Mark to discuss the current situation with respect to the Russian Orthodox Church abroad and on the life of Russian emigres in Europe. – Your Eminence, what was the topic of today’s meeting with the Russkiy Mir Foundation? – Our meeting was devoted to two issues. First, we discussed the possibility...

20.02.2009
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

The reaction of Russian emigres to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was relatively dispirited. This can partly be explained by the indifference to politics that characterized the new generation of emigrants. Despite the large number of “dissidents,” the third wave of emigration was far less ideological than the first two. During the 1960s and 1970s, many people left the Soviet Union not so much for political or ideological reasons as for economic ones. Or they left due to life’s circumstances, for example, for the purpose of family reunification. Incidentally, the difficulty of family reunification became the...

17.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The Middle East continues to be one of the most important regions for Russian foreign policy. The famous Eastern Question, which Catherine the Great sought to resolve once and for all, was, contrary to popular belief, never reduced to a simple struggle for control over the Balkans, the straits and Constantinople. Beyond these regions lied Palestine – the Holy Land – as well as the only indigenous Christian country in Africa – Ethiopia. Beyond the Black Sea region, Russian influence also extended to these lands. The Eastern Question meant that Russian economic and political interests took on a religious and ideological...

06.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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