Cover Osteuropa 5/2009

In Osteuropa 5/2009

Failed Revolution
In Russia’s Archives the Clocks Run Backwards

Markus Wehner

Deutsche Fassung


It is becoming increasingly difficult to conduct research in Russian archives. Many files have once again been classified or remain inaccessible. Which documents are released is arbitrarily decided by bureaucrats. The West’s assumption that it could have a lasting influence on Russian history and archive policy by means of common projects has proven to be an illusion.

(Osteuropa 5/2009, pp. 45–58)