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Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? Sergey Shoigu’s recent proposal to criminalize the distortion of history and the denial of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War was apparently on the verge of acquiring the status of a legislative bill. Surprisingly, however, the core group of the United Russia party refused to support the initiative of one of the party’s most prominent representatives. The rejection was even more surprising given that the proposal had been supported in various forms by the head of United Russia, Boris Gryzlov, and even the Prosecutor General, Viktor Chaiko. It is...

30.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

From the very beginning of the First Serbian Uprising, Karageorge conducted an active foreign policy. In September 1804, St. Petersburg received the Serbian “grand embassy,” headed by Archpriest Mateja Nenadovic, one of the leaders of the rebellion. Russian Foreign Minister, Adam Czartoryski, received the Serbian delegation coldly and told Karageorge’s messengers to resolve their issues directly with Turkey, although he did promise Russia’s diplomatic support. Generally speaking, relations between Russia and Serbia during this period were placed at the mercy of international alliances, which Russia joined and...

27.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

On March 24, 1999, NATO’s combined forces began Operation Allied Force against Yugoslavia. It is worth remembering these events from ten years ago, as they help us to understand how the world has changed in the time since, including how Russia and Russian society have changed. Such a round figure provides a good opportunity to take stock. The bombing of Yugoslavia in certain ways can be seen as the last war of the era before the invention of the enemy of all that is good, an enemy which goes under the name “international terrorism.” More precisely, the justification for the use of limited force anywhere in the world had not...

24.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

From today’s perspective, the history of Russian-Serbian contacts, especially migration, looks very much like a pendulum of sorts. Before the beginning of the 20th century, there were massive relocations of Serbs into the Russian Empire. Serbian refugees served in the Russian army, had a great impact on Russian culture, and contributed to the building of the Russian state (especially true with respect to the era of Peter the Great). Russia’s presence in the Balkans was primarily indirect in nature – in the form of spiritual and educational materials published in Russia for Orthodox subjects of the Ottoman Empire, financial...

20.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? From the editor: As we continue our discussion on draft legislation that would outlaw the denigration of historical memory, we present the view of those who favor its adoption. In this article, political analyst Mikhail Lavrov argues in support of the initiative.  Some time ago, after the memorable “bronze night” in Tallinn, I entertained the notion that Russia ought to impose criminal sanctions on those who question the results of the Second World War. Admittedly, on the wave of emotions I envisioned how some politicians and the current leaders in the...

18.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? From the editor: In the second part of his article, Stanislav Kuvaldin presents his perspective on the need to adopt a law on the denigration of historical memory. Let us try to assume what the consequences may be as a result of such a law being adopted in Russia. Without claiming to provide a universal definition, let us hold that a law is a rule that determines how a given value should be managed or dispensed with. In this case, the people’s memory of the Great Patriotic War represents such a value. The value of this memory is likely to be unquestionable, at least...

13.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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