Dr. Sophia Moskalenko is a social and clinical psychologist and a research fellow at Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Group at Georgia State University. Her work has focused on the psychology of radicalization, martyrdom, mass identity and conspiracy theories. At the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START), she has led projects commissioned by the Department of Defence, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State.
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Generation after generation, everything that could have made Ukrainians proud — productive farms, the famed Kozak military of peasant-warriors, aspiring artists — was expropriated, exiled or killed. After 300 years of deliberate cultural genocide by the Russians, little of the Ukrainian culture remained. Still, it couldn’t be completely eradicated. Tiny seeds slipped through the cracks of the Russian repression machine and hid deep in the crevices of everyday life, just out of reach for government officials.
The intrinsic contradictions and sheer ridiculousness of conspiracy theories accepted by so many in Russia is especially puzzling now when belief in them translates to acting against their self-interest. For this ideology, Russians loudly welcome sanctions that have stripped store shelves bare and resurrected Soviet-era hours-long lines for food.