Policy Memos by Ivan Kurilla

Ivan Kurilla 01-10-2013

Политический кризис, начавшийся после парламентских выборов в декабре 2011 года, был отмечен массовыми демонстрациями в Москве, но не привел к серьезной мобилизации оппозиции где-либо еще. Однако его влияние на...

Ivan Kurilla 10-22-2012

The political crisis ignited by Russia’s parliamentary elections in December 2011 was marked by mass demonstrations in Moscow but little opposition mobilization elsewhere. However, its influence on Russia’s...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Some of the most emotionally-charged discussions in the post-Soviet space have not been about economics or foreign policy but controversial historical problems.

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Contemporary historical writing in Eastern and Central Europe is filled with “presentism,” the idea that major past events should be treated in a way that supports the pursuit of specific, usually...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

While Russia’s federal government has paid close attention to the depiction of Russian history since Vladimir Putin’s first administration began reshaping the symbolic landscape of the country in the...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Between December 2010 and February 2011, members of Russian society were engaged in a discussion about a new education law, presented on the Internet on a special website. This was the second instance...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

For many observers, almost everything concerning the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia (December 2011 and March 2012) is predictable. Some thus prefer to look beyond 2012 and...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Over the past year, the memory wars of the post-Soviet space have intensified. Nation-building in the region, like elsewhere, has long involved the creation of local historical narratives and the...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

The image of another country depends on a state’s internal agenda much more than we usually admit. Our knowledge of the life and values of the “other” is limited, so we tend to learn only about...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

History used to be the major ideological discipline in the USSR. Joseph Stalin’s “Short Course on the History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)” was a single-volume version of the dominant...

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