This article explores a key claim underpinning Russian official memory politics, namely, the notion that Russia’s past (and especially the role it played in the Second World War) is the object of a campaign of “historical falsification” aimed at, among other things, undermining Russian sovereignty, especially by distorting young people’s historical consciousness. Although “historical falsification” is an important keyword in the Kremlin’s discourse, it has received little scholarly attention. Via an analysis of official rhetoric and methodological literature aimed at history teachers, I investigate the ideological functions performed by the concept of “historical falsification.” I show how it serves to reinforce a conspiratorial vision of Russia as a nation under siege, while simultaneously justifying the drive toward greater state control over history education.
Reflections on the Second World War in Russian Textbooks of the 1990s
interpretations. Summarizing these results with an eye to current issues in Russian memory politics, we should acknowledge that none of the changes introduced in the Yeltsin era was so fundamental that it could not be retracted with ease. A close look at the
A Hi-Tech Version of an Old History Textbook
pamyati” [The Russia my History park-museum as an experience of current Russian memory politics], Dnevnik Altajskoj Shkoly Politicheskih Issledovanij 35 (2019): 97–103; Ekaterina Krasilnikova and Igor Valdman, “Praktiki Politiki Pamyati: Park
The Second World War in Russian History Education
. The Russian publishing market provides a wide range of publications dealing with the politics of history. The most noteworthy of these are the works of Nikolay Koposov, 12 who, in his analyses of Soviet and contemporary Russian memory politics