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  • Writer's pictureMariah Nimmons

History, Overlap and Divorce

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Updated Resources - August 9, 2023

The Mother Ukraine Monument, also known as Mother Ukraine is a monumental Soviet statue in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. On 30 July 2023 efforts began to remove the Soviet state emblem and replace it with Ukraine's coat of arms, the Tryzub. The emblem was replaced on 6 August 2023. ("Detail of The Mother Motherland monument: 16m sword - Museum of Great Patriotic War" by Jorge Láscar is licensed under CC BY 2.0)


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Russian lubok of XVIII c depicting traditiona Ilya Muromets, one of the bogatyrs (epic knights) in Bylinas of Kievan Rus, and Nightingale the Robber. (Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


Below war’s surface, culture, history, and memory churn. The degree to which they are shared, to what extent they overlap, and their impact on now and future generations pervade the conflict and the two nations’ relations with the greater world. The claim that Ukrainians do not exist separate from Russia underpins the Kremlin’s justification for the invasion. The majority within Ukraine stand - and fight - in vehement opposition to this notion. In today’s collection, we examine culture, history, and memory within the borders of both countries, the region, and in the general context of this war.

The Moscow Times covers a literal and symbolic reshaping of Kyiv’s soviet-era Mother Ukraine monument. The Kyiv Independent’s podcast delves into Ukraine's national decommunization policy. Bridging the gap between past and present, the Wilson Center gives the latest on Polish and Ukrainian reconciliation surrounding the Volhynia Massacres of 1943 to 1945. In another piece from The Moscow Times, cultural assimilation and friction experienced by Ukrainian refugees who sought safety within Russia is explored.

Culture, morality, and childhood intersect in an analysis from Russian thinktank Russia in Global Affairs examining globalization as ‘marketed’ through fairy tales, games and media. Foreign Policy sheds light on how Prigozhin’s mutiny has impacted the Kremlin’s justification for the war and how Putin weaponizes historical memory. The role of historians as analysts and critics, of evidence in the Ukraine War, is explored in a meta commentary from Responsible Statecraft.

In the Overview, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists highlights the power of citizen action within the nuclear arms control space. In videos, Thomas Graham speaks on today's Russia and the future of US-Russia relations at a symposium organized by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In the Arts, a self-taught photographer from Kyiv captures his ancestral village, saving its memory from destruction and top Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sues the Metropolitan Opera after the institution cut ties.

Find these stories and more - including an unpacking of Kremlin-backed ideologies, a breakdown of Russia’s new mobilization law, and how Crimean Tatar partisans fight back from the shadows - on today’s resource page.




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