In most countries, the future is impossible to predict, but the past doesn’t change. In Russia, it’s just the opposite.
President Vladimir Putin, when he is not busy restoring autocracy to a country that has known little else, has taken on the task of refreshing Russian history with a novel perspective—his own. He is on record lamenting the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” It was worse, apparently, than World War I, worse than World War II—worse, even, than the creation of the Soviet Union.
Last year, the president informed a group of history teachers that Russia “has nothing to be ashamed of” and that it was their job to make students “proud of their motherland.” His government has tried to help by commissioning guidelines and books that present a more balanced picture of...[Weiterlesen…]