Stalinism, reparations and nuclear cultural heritage

Dr Egle Rindzeviciute gave an invited talk at a seminar “USSR to Post-Soviet Russia: Reparations or Repression for Stalin’s Victims?,” sponsored by the IES of Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. It is organised as part of the IES Migration Series for its AY 2020-21 theme Repair and Reparations. This panel explored proposals in the early post-Soviet period to honor the memory of, and perhaps provide reparations to, the victims of Stalinist repression. They were replaced by official government efforts to rehabilitate Stalin’s reputation and even rewrite the history of World War II. Organizations such as Memorial, formed to maintain the memory of Stalin’s crimes, have been declared “foreign agents” and obliged to curb their activities. Dr Rindzeviciute discussed the ways in which nuclear cultural heritage could serve as part of post-Soviet reparations programme.