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Archival Policies and Historical Memory in the Post-Soviet Era


Kramer, M., 'Archival Policies and Historical Memory in the Post-Soviet Era', Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol.20, Issue 3 (2012), 204-215

Although the situation with Russian archives under Vladimir Putin remains deeply frustrating in many cases, it is not as bad as commonly assumed. Russian archives have always been difficult to access, and many of the current problems continue from the Yeltsin era. Russia has yet to make an honest assessment of its history, something it must do to ensure that the past does not come back to haunt it.



  • August 6, 1940 - Estonia became a part of Soviet Union
  • From June 1940 until August 1941, more than 7000 Estonian citizens were arrested