What lies at the heart of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Why does Putin talk of Ukraine as an ‘anti-Russia’? What is the significance of the Russkiy Mir project?
This discussion will shed light on the clash between the Kremlin’s vision of a monocultural, neo-imperialist society and the vibrant and democratic culture of modern Ukraine. Traumatic events in Ukraine’s history will be explored alongside the lessons gleaned from Russia’s two brutal invasions of Chechnya.
Anna Gunin, Daria Mattingly and Javaad Alipoor will look at the issue through the lens of key literary works by leading authors such as Svetlana Alexievich and Vasily Grossman.