9 May in Russia: Memory (politics) of World War II

Roundtable Osteuropa 14/2020

06.05.2020

This year’s celebrations of the end World War II have been long in the planning in Russia. But the spread of Covid-19 has made it inevitable to postpone the most important events, notably the military parade in Moscow. Already last year, President Vladimir Putin declared 2020 a year of victory and glory, demonstrating once more that the Soviet victory is a very important resource for identification with the Russian state. In the year of the 75th anniversary of its end, the memory of World War II has become an immensely controversial topic in international politics. At the same time, it is one of the last anniversaries that a significant number of veterans can join. In the podcast, slavicist Nina Frieß and political scientists George Soroka and Félix Krawatzek discuss the importance of victory day for Russia, its relevance abroad and what young people make of the victory today.

Chair: Félix Krawatzek
With: Nina Frieß (ZOiS) und George Soroka (Harvard University)