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Other research product . 2022

A robbed Russia - An investigation of Vladimir Putins use history in Russias relation to Ukraine

Stechmann, Aksel; Stie-Svendsen, Jeppe;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2022
Country: Denmark
This paper examines how Russian President Vladimir Putin incorporates the use of history in his speeches and articles with regards to how he positions Russia in its relation to Ukraine. The analysis is structured around three central places of remembrance (danish: erindringssteder): The Kyivan Rus which focuses on the close historical relation between Ukraine and Russia; the heritage of the Sovietunion in relation to how the union defined the borders of Soviet-Ukraine; World War II, ukrainian nationalism and its relation to nazism which centers around how Putin relates nazism to the current ukrainian political elite. The analysis concludes that Putin primarily utilizes the three places of remembrance to legitimize Russia's current invasion of Ukraine. Putin finds the distribution of territories during the soviet era to have been theft, and a complete violation of Russia's integrity. Furthermore, he seeks to protect ethnic russians within the borders of Ukraine from a genocide, instigated by ukrainian nationalists and neo-nazis, who continue the tradition of atrocities commited during World War II. Finally, Putin perceives Ukrainians and Russians as a single people, basing his claim on common history, language, and culture. Thus he implies that ukrainians should unite under Russia, as Russia is the more legitimate state.

invasion, rusland, ukraine, putin, vladimir putin, rus, historie, history, nazism, sovjetunionen, sovietunion, ussr, krig, annektering, krim, donbas, historiebrug, erindringssteder, erindring

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