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“We Are The First”: How does filming the first movie in space reflect Russian nationalism?

Written by: Polina Evtushenkova Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova – the names of these Russian cosmonauts probably ring a bell for everyone because they are known to be the first man and woman to go to space – in 1961 and 1963 respectively. Since Gagarin went to space, Soviet national space propaganda occupied an important place […]

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Constructing History: Putin’s historiographical nationalism

Written by: Anna Perkins “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future”    George Orwell To outside observers, President Vladimir Putin’s presentation of Russia’s national history may seem oddly ambivalent. Both celebrating and minimising events of the Soviet past, the 2018 opening of the ‘Russia- my history’ exhibition […]