Manipulating History and Destabilizing Neighbors

The books “A War Made in Russia” by Sergei Medvedev and “Memory Makers: The Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia” by Jade McGlynn offer penetrating insights into the Russian state and society post-Ukraine invasion. Medvedev criticizes Russia’s imperialistic tendencies and internal decay, while McGlynn focuses on the state-controlled manipulation of history. Both authors agree that Russia’s imperial mindset, inherited from its Tsarist and Soviet past, continues to influence its actions, both domestically and internationally. These works serve as a stark reminder of the dark path that Russia has taken under Putin’s regime, emphasizing the urgent need for change.