Oleg Lutohin has been a visiting researcher at ZOiS since November 2022. Since 2016, he has worked at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, also known as Yeltsin Center, in Yekaterinburg as the head of the educational department. From 2021 to 2022, he directed the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum and continues his work as an independent researcher and museum administrator since November 2022 with a scholarship from the international exchange programme Memory Work funded by the 'Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung'. He received a master degree in social philosophy from The Ural Federal University and subsequently opened the independent bookstore Kleister, worked as an editor of the Yekaterinburg-based magazine What's The Fashion? and graduated from the School of Cultural Journalism with a degree in literary criticism in 2013 (Krasnoyarsk).
In his project titled (N)ostalgie in political history museums, he puts the focus on the representation of nostalgia in museums in Germany and Russia. He interviews museum directors and visitors to understand how emotions are employed to convey nostalgia and in what ways nostalgia for the communist past differs between museums in Russia and Germany. He is particularly interested in the role that the museum’s educational programmes for children play in that regard with the aim to gain a better understanding of the generational dynamics in the transmission of historical narratives.