Institute of Sociology
of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Kolonitskii B., Matskevich M. The Memory of an unused Centenary of the Revolution in the Perception of the Russian Population. Revue des études slaves, 2019, vol. , no 1-2, pp. 17-29. DOI : 10.4000 ...



Kolonitskii B., Matskevich M. The Memory of an unused Centenary of the Revolution in the Perception of the Russian Population. Revue des études slaves, 2019, vol. , no 1-2, pp. 17-29. DOI : 10.4000/res.2793
ISSN 0080-2557
DOI 10.4000/res.2793

Posted on site: 30.09.19

Abstract

The authors discuss a relation between the symbolic politics in Russia and public attitudes towards the Revolution of 1917. Main political actors have little used a resource of the anniversary of 2017. Along with other factors, a low interest of Russian citizens to this historical event may account for non-using of the anniversary resource. Public opinion polls and other data allow to draw a conclusion that the centennial of the Revolution did not become an important event. The article compares survey data to a set of expert interviews collected by the authors in 2017-2018. It shows that, regardless of social and political cleavages in Russia, an anti-revolutionary consensus had emerged, among both public and humanitarian intelligentsia, and the 1917 Revolution memory is not hot. State agencies and administration play a pivotal part in Russian symbolic politics, according to the overwhelming majority of either common people or intellectuals. All the other memory actors and agents performances are usually noticed and recognized within either professional or ideological communities.

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