Putin’s vision of a creative monopoly promoting Kremlin policy, national culture and conservative social values is already receiving lavish state funding and soaking up airtime. But the generation of Russian artists who have forged their identity in the post-Soviet era are finding discreet ways to express opposition.
“There's two ways you can fight the Russians: You can fight them with tanks, which I have no expertise in, and you can fight them in the banks. And I'm one of the people who knows more about this than just about anybody.”
“It was easy for Russians to push the war off to the edge of their minds, but now it has come home to them.” Russian-American journalist and author Julia Ioffe talks to New Lines’ Amie Ferris-Rotman about Putin’s mobilization and the future of Russia.
Demonstrators are organizing large protests to take place after Friday prayers on Sept. 30. “Invaders do not become martyrs,” one poster says. People in the North Caucasus are acutely aware of what a Russian invasion feels like, even today. The 19th-century, anti-colonial war against tsarist forces, which raged for almost 50 years, took a terrible toll on the highlanders and still influences the modern mindset; there is scarcely a Dagestani home or family that does not have a portrait of the warrior Imam Shamil, the freedom fighter who took on imperial Russia.
Not everyone in the West believes Putin’s war in Ukraine is bad. Kyiv’s counteroffensive created alternative theories.
Acmeology, described by scholars as “a manipulative and mechanistic approach to social reality,” is a uniquely post-Soviet discipline that attempts to model how individuals and groups can achieve their highest possible professional potential.
Since the invasion of Ukraine began in February, many Russians have tried to leave their country, fearful of what might come next. One young anthropologist made it to Istanbul and began cataloging this exodus from Russia. This is her story.