Memory for Sale: Victory Day 2010 and Russian Remembrance

Memory for Sale: Victory Day 2010 and Russian Remembrance Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38 (2011) 201–229 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187633211X589123 brill.nl/spsr 1) Aleksandr Sadchikov, “Ves’ Den’ Pobedy” Izvestiia 11 May 2010, 1. “It was not only an anni- versary, not just a holiday,” Viktor Vasenin wrote in Rossisskaia gazeta , “and it was in many Memory for Sale: Victory Day 2010 and Russian Remembrance Stephen M. Norris Miami University (OH ) Abstract Th is article examines the celebrations surrounding Victory Day in Russia. It situates the events of 9 May 2010 within the long-term processes of remembering the Great Patriotic War in Soviet and Russian society. Th e article analyzes various discussions that took place in Russia around the holiday, including the controversy over whether or not to display images of Stalin, the ongoing role veterans have played in the holiday, and its increasingly commercial aspects. While many commentators lamented the apparent turn from a sacred holiday to a commercial one, the author argues that Victory Day 2010 represents an important moment in how Russian remem- brance has become less state-driven. Keywords Russia ; Memory ; Victory Day ; Stalin ; Veterans “We have too little faith in memory!” — Aleksandr http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Soviet and Post Soviet Review Brill

Memory for Sale: Victory Day 2010 and Russian Remembrance

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BRILL
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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-1262
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1876-3324
D.O.I.
10.1163/187633211X589123
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Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38 (2011) 201–229 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187633211X589123 brill.nl/spsr 1) Aleksandr Sadchikov, “Ves’ Den’ Pobedy” Izvestiia 11 May 2010, 1. “It was not only an anni- versary, not just a holiday,” Viktor Vasenin wrote in Rossisskaia gazeta , “and it was in many Memory for Sale: Victory Day 2010 and Russian Remembrance Stephen M. Norris Miami University (OH ) Abstract Th is article examines the celebrations surrounding Victory Day in Russia. It situates the events of 9 May 2010 within the long-term processes of remembering the Great Patriotic War in Soviet and Russian society. Th e article analyzes various discussions that took place in Russia around the holiday, including the controversy over whether or not to display images of Stalin, the ongoing role veterans have played in the holiday, and its increasingly commercial aspects. While many commentators lamented the apparent turn from a sacred holiday to a commercial one, the author argues that Victory Day 2010 represents an important moment in how Russian remem- brance has become less state-driven. Keywords Russia ; Memory ; Victory Day ; Stalin ; Veterans “We have too little faith in memory!” — Aleksandr

Journal

The Soviet and Post Soviet ReviewBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: VETERANS; RUSSIA; STALIN; MEMORY; VICTORY DAY

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