History in Russia: Two Memories and Multiple Pasts

Who writes Russian history nowadays: the state or the citizens? Since the protests of 2011-2012, the state is controlling the historical narrative more and more. But apart from this statist memory-policy a more individual narrative is developing. According to Greg Yudin - one of the authors of Wither Past for the Russian Future? - this second memory challenges the monopoly of the state. This diversification of historical memory might be even a sign for political diversification to come, writes Greg Yudin in an article to kick off a debate on history in Russia.