Thursday, 15 October 2009
Will try to find out more, but this sounds like nonsense.
A historian who was researching Stalinism has been arrested in Russia. Says Luke Harding:
'It comes amid Kremlin attempts to rehabilitate Stalin and to clamp down on independent historical research – with political repression during the Soviet era and victims of the gulag system now taboo topics'
Really? Any facts to back that up? Or is this what you mean? Or this?
He then quotes everyone's favourite Russophobe, Orlando figes:
'Today the historian and writer Orlando Figes described Suprun's arrest as unprecedented, and part of a "Putinite campaign against freedom of historical research and expression".'
So it is unprecedented 'Putinite' strategy to arrest historians during Medvedev's term? How very odd.
Don't get me wrong, whilst I try to defend Russia by highlighting the nonsense printed about it, I would not pretend it is an open society. Yet this really sounds like a load of rubbish to me.