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About Nikolai Koposov

Nikolai Koposov is a doctor of philosophical sciences and director of research of the Helsinki-Collegium of Helsinki University.

Articles by Nikolai Koposov

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Does Russia need a memory law?

Russia’s Duma has been trying to draft a ‘memory law’, in order to protect the Soviet version of the events of World War II from revisionist interpretations. The historian Nikolai Koposov deconstructs the attempts so far. His view is that the proposed law is not only misconceived, but would be unworkable. He also points out that the unspoken agenda behind it is the defence of Stalin and Stalinism. In the end, the law is never going to be the right vehicle for defending historical truths, he concludes.
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