Issue 1/2018: The growing generation gap
How today’s post-Soviet youth is radically different than previous generations – new issue now available!
The first issue of 2018 looks at the rise of a new generation in the post-Soivet space – one that may be radically different than previous Soviet and immediate post-Soviet generations. Above all, our authors illustrate how the ongoing generational exchange taking place in these countries, especially in today’s Russia, brings hope and not despair. Even more, the youth that is coming of age in these countries today, although often misunderstood by their parents and politicians, is probably the best indicator as to what could take place in the near future.
Their unprecedented participation in the 2017 rallies in Russia shows that these kids care about their future. Hence, it is worth keeping in mind the words of sociologist and researcher Svetlana Erpyleva who writes: “During the recent anti-corruption rallies in Russia, young people spoke out not only against the dishonesty of power and lack of political freedom in the country, but also against the unfair distribution of income between different groups, the inaccessible medical services, the high fees for student housing and growing food prices.” Not surprisingly, this potential is extremely tempting for politicians who – be it by direct communication (Alexei Navalny) or official instruction and historical policy (the Kremlin) try to shape their minds. As our authors note there is an increase of the latter, be it in Russia, Belarus or Ukraine, which causes us to reflect on the effectiveness of the methods used (such as a single interpretation of history in Russia or Belarus, or the new education reform in Ukraine) and the context in which they are introduced.
If recent events can teach us anything, radical political change does not take place in the classroom, or in accordance with official rhetoric. Thus, while the immediate outcome of the March 2018 Russian presidential election may already be known, the long-term changes in the region are much more difficult to foresee, especially if we ignore the aspirations and values of these adolescents and young adults. With this in mind, we wish you an inspiring reading of this issue.
Table of Contents
OPINION & ANALYSIS
The politicisation of Russian youth Svetlana Erpyleva
Russia’s young and restless speak up Anastasia Sergeeva
Rewriting Russian history Dagmara Moskwa
Ukraine’s wartime education reform Wojciech Siegień
Education reform put to the test Kateryna Pryshchepa
A generation in transition Marta Ardashelia
The growing religiosity of Kyrgyz youth Keneshbek Sainazarov
Playing for high electoral stakes in Kyrgyzstan Joanna Lillis
Security in Europe with Russia and/or from Russia? Manfred Huterer
Belarus’s complicated memory Maxim Rust
Ukrainians seek a Polish dream in Wrocław Olga Chrebor
Religion, migration and the dreams of Dagestani youth An interview with Denis Sokolov
There is no question – we are able to defend ourselves An interview with Raimonds Bergmanis
HISTORY AND MEMORY
The story of the other Piłsudski Grzegorz Nurek
The restless memory of Staro Sajmiste Yulia Oreshina
The Ukrainian colony that never existed Marek Wojnar
Civil society steps in to preserve Romania’s past Stephen McGrath
Start-ups take off in Ukraine Yulia Lipentseva
PEOPLE, IDEAS, INSPIRATION
A school like no other Kacper Dziekan
Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska takes us through the theatre performance Inside Pussy Riot.
Jan Brodowski reviews Serhii Plokhy’s most recent book – Lost Kingdom. A History of Russian Nationalism from Ivan the Great to Vladimir Putin.
Laura Luciani discusses Victoria Lomasko’s graphic novel titled Other Russias.
Laurynas Vaičiūnas reviews Magnetic North: Conversations with Tomas Venclova.