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Memory Laws in the Age of Populism: The Politics of the Past in Russia and Eastern Europe

Memory wars have become a characteristic aspect of central and East European domestic and international politics. Some countries—especially right-wing populists and authoritarian regimes—use law to promote nationalist mobilization and to whitewash their countries’ history. Nikolay Koposov discussed how the laws in the region compare to memory laws elsewhere and how they affect these countries’ ability to deal with the past.