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The HJS Virtual Event Series: 'How Has Russian WWII Memory Shaped the Invasion of Ukraine?' - Monday 9th May, 3pm-4pm (BST)
World War II memory is a staple of Russian identity in the contemporary era. It occupies a cult-like status, legitimising the Kremlin's rule at home and its actions abroad. This has been abundantly clear since the invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022, with Russian elites and media frequently invoking memory of the war. Much of this has focused on the supposed existence of 'neo-Nazis' in Ukraine and allegations of 'genocide' being carried out against Russian-speakers in Ukraine. The Russian state has argued that it must intervene in order to stop the spread of neo-Nazism, like it did with Nazism during World War II. The Russian state appeals to World War II memory in its attempt to rally Russian citizens and the global community around its behaviour.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to welcome you to this panel, which will focus on how memory of World War II has been recently invoked in the context of the war in Ukraine and how it has been used by Russian state officials to justify their actions.

May 9, 2022 03:00 PM in London

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