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The Red MirrorPutin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity$
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Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197502938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197502938.001.0001

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Constructing the Collective Trauma of the 1990s

Constructing the Collective Trauma of the 1990s

(p.105) 5 Constructing the Collective Trauma of the 1990s
The Red Mirror

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the role of the 1990s for the political legitimation of Russia’s current political leadership. It builds on the constructivist approach to analyze the role of collective trauma in Russia and demonstrates that the cultural and political constructions in Russia over the past two decades have gone hand in hand in their modes of representing the collective experience of the 1990s. This decade has been represented entirely in black colors, highlighting and exaggerating the negative side of these experiences. The chapter demonstrates that this frame of the 1990s is propagated by the pro-Kremlin media personalities and is frequently invoked by Vladimir Putin in his speeches and press conferences.

Keywords:   collective trauma, constructivism, political construction, political legitimation, likhie devyanostye, Vladimir Putin

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