Cover Osteuropa 12/2022

In Osteuropa 12/2022

Putin’s History Politics Machine
The Russian Military Historical Society

Dietmar Neutatz

Deutsche Fassung


History policy serves the Putin regime as an instrument to legitimize its imperialist great power politics and strengthen national unity. At its core lies a patriotic, heroic military history. The Russian Military Historical Society uses multimedia exhibitions, monumental memorials, battle reenactments, military-historical tourism and intensive work with children and young people to charge the public sphere with patriotic warfare. The glorification of historical wars and victories under the firm leadership of strong rulers, and especially the memory of the heroic defence of the Fatherland in the Second World War have made up an integral part of anti-Western propaganda during the invasion of Ukraine and tightening of Western sanctions.

(Osteuropa 12/2022, pp. 143–164)