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Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet

Politics and Society

Special Issue: Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Vol. 2, No. 1 (2016)

This special issue focuses on gender dynamics in protest movements that occur in patriarchal, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian societies. Themes covered include the place of feminist and gender equality movements in democratically restricted environments, intersections between feminism and nationalism, the relationship between nationality and sexuality, the question of political agency of non-mainstream groups in the context of protest activity, and the dilemmas of conducting qualitative research while participating in a protest.

The journal features contributions by scholars, gender equality activists, and artists, and provides a wide-ranging discussion of recent and ongoing protest movements in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.



Introduction by Olesya Khromeychuk

Olesya Khromeychuk:
Negotiating Protest Spaces on the Maidan: a Gender Perspective
Tamara Martsenyuk:
Sexuality and Revolution in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Human Rights for the LGBT Community in the Euromaidan Protests of 2013-2014
Darya Malyutina:
Ethical Concerns in Activist Ethnography: the Case of Ukrainian Protest Activism in London and a Russian Female Researcher
Evgenia Ivanova:
Between Being Witty and Being Pretty: Paradoxes of Female Political Participation in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe
Olenka Dmytryk:
“I’m a Feminist, Therefore…”: the Art of Gender and Sexual Dissent in 2010s Ukraine and Russia
Nadia Plungian:
Feminist Art in Russia in 2014–15: the Problem of the “Turn to the Right”

“Wait a Minute, You’re a Woman!”.
Interview with Maria Berlins’ka

Review Article
Iryna Kosovs’ka:
Women at War

Cai Wilkinson on Francesca Stella;
Katherine Bowers on Jenny Kaminer;
Catherine Baker on Stephen Amico;
Laura A. Dean on Irina Mukhina;
Dafna Rachok on Marian J. Rubchak;
Connor Doak on Russell Scott Valentino;
Rustam Gadzhiev on Valerie Sperling;
Anna Shadrina on Jennifer Utrata;
Anders Åslund on Steven Lee Myers;
Shahram Akbarzadeh on Thomas W Simons, Jr;
Ulrike Gerhardt on Ieva Astahovska et al.

Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
JSPPS 2:1 (2016)

General Editor and Issue Editor-in-Chief: Julie Fedor, University of Melbourne

Consulting Editor: Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv

Editors: Samuel Greene, King's College London
André Härtel, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu

Guest Editor: Olesya Khromeychuk, University of East Anglia

284 pages, Paperback. 2016
ISSN 2364-5334

Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet

Politics and Society

Double Special Issue: Back from Afghanistan: The Experiences of Soviet Afghan War Veterans and: Martyrdom & Memory in Post-Socialist Space

Vol. 1, No. 2 (2015)

This double special issue investigates the experiences of Soviet Afghan veterans and the ongoing impact of the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-89); and the new and reconstituted narratives of martyrdom that have been emerging in connection with 20th-century history and memory in the post-socialist world.



Felix Ackermann and Michael Galbas:
Back from Afghanistan: Experiences of Soviet Afghan War Veterans in Transnational Perspective
Yaacov Ro'i:
The Varied Reintegration of Afghan War Veterans in Their Home Society
Markus Göransson:
A Fragile Movement: Afghan War Veterans and the Soviet Collapse in Tajikistan, 1979–92
Michael Galbas:
“Our Pain and Our Glory”: Strategies of Legitimization and Functionalization of the Soviet–Afghan War in the Russian Federation
Iryna Sklokina:
Veterans of the Soviet–Afghan War and the Ukrainian Nation-Building Project: From Perestroika to the Maidan and the War in the Donbas
Jan C. Behrends:
Post-Soviet Legacies of Afghanistan: A Comparative Perspective
Anna Reich:
Faces of the Lithuanian Afghanai


Uilleam Blacker and Julie Fedor:
Soviet and Post-Soviet Varieties of Martyrdom and Memory
Jay Winter:
War and Martyrdom in the Twentieth Century and After
Uilleam Blacker:
Martyrdom, Spectacle, and Public Space in Ukraine: Ukraine’s National Martyrology from Shevchenko to the Maidan
Sander Brouwer:
The Eternal Martyr: Karen Shakhnazarov’s White Tiger as a
Cinematic Reflection on Russian Martyrdom

Maria Mälksoo:
In Search of a Modern Mnemonic Narrative of Communism: Russia’s Mnemopolitical Mimesis during the Medvedev Presidency
Iryna Starovoyt:
Holodomor, Amnesia, and Memory-(Re)Making in Post-War Ukrainian Literature and Film
Simon Lewis:
Overcoming Hegemonic Martyrdom: The Afterlife of Khatyn in Belarusian Memory

Review Essays:
De-Mythologizing Bandera by André Härtel, Yuri Radchenko, Oleksandr Zaitsev

Karen Petrone on Nataliya Danilova; Philipp Casula on Rodric Braithwaite; Elena Rozhdestvenskaya on E. S. Seniavskaia;
Ivan Kurilla on Polly Jones;
Olga Sasunkevich on Violeta Davoliūtė;
Sergei Akopov on Olga Malinova

Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet

Politics and Society

Special Issue: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine

Vol. 1, No. 1 (2015)

The Russian war in Ukraine has been accompanied, fuelled and legitimized by a Russian information war campaign that is unprecedented in its scope and nature. Increasingly lurid in form, sometimes surreal, the Russian state-media propaganda campaign has been surprisingly successful in disguising and distorting the nature of the war and shaping the way it is perceived and understood, both in Russia and beyond.
This special issue sets out to launch an interdisciplinary discussion on the Russian information warfare being waged in parallel with the military war in Ukraine.
How is the war being packaged and narrated for domestic and international audiences? How are these narratives being received in Russia and in the West? What new trends can be observed in the identification and construction of 'enemies'? How do we interpret and explain the imperial hysteria and hatred currently on display on Russian TV? What are the appropriate responses? How can we avoid the trap of allowing Kremlin propagandists to shape the terms and language in which the war is viewed?


Julie Fedor:
Introduction: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine
Edwin Bacon:
Putin’s Crimea Speech, 18 March 2014: Russia’s Changing Public Political Narrative
Rolf Fredheim:
Filtering Foreign Media Content: How Russian News Agencies Repurpose Western News Reporting
Tatiana Riabova and Oleg Riabov:
“Gayromaidan”: Gendered Aspects of the Hegemonic Russian Media Discourse on the Ukrainian Crisis
Alexandr Osipian:
Historical Myths, Enemy Images, and Regional Identity in the Donbass Insurgency (Spring 2014)
Elizaveta Gaufman:
Memory, Media, and Securitization: Russian Media Framing of the Ukrainian Crisis
Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya:
Combating the Russian State Propaganda Machine: Strategies of Information Resistance
Nikolay Mitrokhin:
Infiltration, Instruction, Invasion: Russia’s War in the Donbass

Ukraine and the Global Information War: Panel Discussion and Forum

Anne Applebaum; Margarita Akhvlediani; Sabra Ayres; Renaud de la Brosse; Rory Finnin; James Marson; Sarah Oates; Simon Ostrovsky; Kevin M. F. Platt; Peter Pomerantsev; Natalia Rulyova; Michael Weiss; Maksym Yakovlyev; Vera Zvereva

Rasmus Nilsson on Andrew Wilson and Richard Sakwa;
Anders Åslund on Karen Dawisha;
Mykola Riabchuk on David Marples/Frederick Mills

Russian Media and the War in Ukraine
JSPPS 1:1 (2015)

General Editor and Issue Editor-in-Chief: Julie Fedor, University of Melbourne

Consulting Editor: Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv

Guest Editor: Andriy Portnov, Humboldt University of Berlin

334 pages, Paperback. 2015
ISSN 2364-5334

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