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Back to the Future: How the Past is Russia's New Ideology

Kennan Institute Distinguished Speaker Series
Why are Moscow residents more concerned about Ivan the Terrible than bombings in Aleppo? How can one explain the conservative trend in Russian public sensibility that has emerged in recent years? Maria Stepanova examined the political exploitation of historical memory as the Russian public delves deeper and deeper into its own past.


  • Maria Stepanova

    George F. Kennan Expert
    Russian poet and essayist; Editor-in-chief, COLTA.RU