Category Archives: History

Day of Remembrance

On October 30, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, in Moscow  many more people participated in the Memorial Society ceremony “Returning Names” than in previous years. People waited in a line for four hours for their turn to read the names of the victims executed during the Great Terror (1936-38). Traditionally, the ceremony has taken place in… Read More »

Academicians Push Back

There were never two opinions: Medinsky’s dissertation for all historians is a pure joke. Even when someone tried to defend him, he pointed out literally that [Medinsky] is a patriot, and he must be protected from the Liberals. –Dr. Ivan Babitsky, Dissernet The previously described situation with the Doctor Dissertation of Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture, continues… Read More »

Ivan Gets a Makeover

The official replacement of historical facts by patriotic myths continues unabated. On October 14, 2016, on the order of the local governor and against the will of the locals, an equestrian statue of Czar Ivan the Terrible was erected in the city of Orel in Central Russia. The governor noted that Orel was founded on Ivan the Terrible’s order… Read More »

Sokolov Debunks Serov’s Memoir

On October 12, 2016, the Russian historian Boris Sokolov published an additional response to Aleksandr Khinstein and Vera Serova, General Serov’s granddaughter, entitled “’Honor and dignity’ as a Tool of the Russian Authorities” in the Ukrainian newspaper Day. Since Sokolov’s article sheds significant light on the efficacy of Ivan Serov’s memoir, Notes from a Suitcase, which I have also dealt with… Read More »

Solzhenitsyn Reviled

On October 11, 2016, which is the 46th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Literature award received by the Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, primarily for his book The Gulag Archipelago, young activists of the group Revolutionary Communist Youth Union (RKSM) hung a dummy with Solzhenitsyn’s mask on the gates of the GULAG History Museum in Moscow. A sign with… Read More »

Attack on Memorial

On October 4, 2015, the Russian Ministry of Justice declared the NGO “International Society ‘Memorial’” (Memorial), which housed the Wallenberg round table on September 22, to be a “foreign agent.” In fact, the goal of the Memorial is to memorialize the victims of Soviet political repression. The law about “foreign agents” was introduced in 2012. It maintains that Russian… Read More »