“Ukraine Does Exist, Not Was Invented”: Perceptions in Post-Soviet Space’s Public Discourse Toward Putin’s Revisionist History After 2022 (78624)

Session Information: International Relations and Human Rights
Session Chair: James Kaizuka

Saturday, 25 May 2024 16:45
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Since the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2022, Putin’s denial of Ukraine’s existence in essays and speeches has revised the historical interpretation and impacted Soviet collective memories. Moreover, the Kremlin’s revision of history in other post-Soviet states and the denial of Ukraine’s existence share commonalities. Both emphasize Moscow’s role as a subject that gives other states a presence and its strong focus on territory in post-Soviet space.

Public discourse in post-Soviet states has shown parallel perceptions toward historical revisionist rhetorics. However, because of the history and current national conditions, there are divergences in the degree of disagreement within states, the focus of attention, and the intensity of response. To explore how Putin’s revisionist statement is perceived and discussed in public discourse in representative post-Soviet states after 2022, and explain why divergent perceptions emerge in those states, the article provides a discourse analysis of a group of representative samples of contemporary mainstream media and leading think tanks in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakhstan, to discern how the revisionist history through Kremlin’s lens is cognized and interpreted.

Ziqing Yang, University of Macau, China

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Ziqing YANG is a University Doctoral Student at University of Macau in China

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00