As Russia unites in remembering The Great Patriotic War, their full involvement in WW2 remains a taboo. In these times of sanctions and economic uncertainty, how will the Kremlin recall the Soviet past?
“As long as the war is remembered, everything is justified”, says political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin. With Russia preparing to mark 70 years since the conflict in which 25 million Soviets lost their lives, many anticipate a state-led exploitation of patriotism, led by Putin. “The escape into a myth that creates unity is very convenient”, a historian explains. This report takes us to the frontline of the military re-enactment of Stalingrad.