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Podcast: Putin's History Channel

Welcome to my parallel universe.
Welcome to my parallel universe.

It's an alternative reality.

It's a world where Hitler was a good guy until 1941; where the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a defensive move by a pacifist Kremlin; where the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia protected that country from fascists and a NATO invasion; where Ukraine isn't really a country.

It's a parallel universe where the U.S.S.R. never really broke up at all.

Welcome to Vladimir Putin's History Channel, where the past is a weapon to control the present and master the future.

In this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we look at the Kremlin's legislation, regulation, and manipulation of history -- and what this is doing to Russian society.

Joining me are Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine Neprikosnovenny Zapas; and Andreas Umland, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and a professor of Russian and Ukrainian history at Kyiv Mohyla Academy.


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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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