June 12 is a holiday in Russia to mark the anniversary of the declaration of independence of Russia from the Soviet Union. In 2017, the holiday offered tourists and visitors to the Russian capital the opportunity to view two different narratives about Russian politics. One narrative told the story of the great victory in World War II. The central streets of the capital were filled with hundreds of people dressed in World War II uniforms, with period weapons, tanks and military installations. Many of the people came from Russia’s vibrant community of war re-enactors – people whose hobby it is to re-enact famous military battles from Russia’s history – and they were there for (yet another) state-sponsored celebration of Russia (and the Soviet Union’s) victory in World War II, a period that is increasingly being used as a legitimizing story for Russia’s current rulers.
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- Protest, Civil Society and Informal Politics
Graeme B Robertson
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