Russia’s politics of memory Російська політика пам’яті (ua)

constitutes an important element of [Russian] state-sponsored propaganda: historical facts and their interpretations are subordinated to the political interests of decision makers. Consists of ideas and practices designed to shape collective memory and historical discourse in a way that serves the political interests of the [Russian] ruling elite. It is implemented by state agencies, state-controlled media outlets, a part of academia and a network of social organisations. The politics of memory is intended to be one of the tools for legitimising an authoritarian regime. Its significance grows whenever the impact of other legitimising factors (economic, political, social and international) wanes.