Introduction by Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (6/7 issue editor)
I am pleased to introduce to you our last issue on “the political and social role of war veterans in Russia, the Soviet-Union and post-Soviet States”.
Hopefully our readers will find in this issue articles that will stimulate their interest in this field.
Three articles and one interview are devoted to this topic:
Pavel Shcherbinin’s article is concerned with the welfare of Russian veterans through the XVIIIth to the early XXth centuries. His account is based on a wide range of primary sources.
Natalia Danilova’s work analyses veteran’s policy in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. She makes a direct link between veteran’s policy with the State political ideology.
Amandine Regamey’s study focuses on the defeat of the 6th company in the Argun Valley in Chechnya. She compares public discourse on this military episode to the ones produced by films and by veterans’ sites and forums on internet. She shows how the actors of this drama are turned into heroes and martyrs.
The interview of Tanya Lokshina, by Olga Filippova is based on the results of a study conducted by T. Lokshina’s research center, DEMOS, among veterans of the police force sent to Chechnya. Among the topics discussed are: the return of the policemen to civil life, the rehabiliation programs for veterans, the risk of a “brutalisation” of society.
The two following entries concern different topics:
Erica Marat’s article explains how the Central Asian political elites’ new idea on nationhood is spread across military institutions and analyses how military institutions support the promotion of nationalist indoctrination among broader masses.
And finally Julian Cooper offers an interesting, original and descriptive analysis of the funding of Power ministries.
Seven book reviews are also available in this issue covering periods from Imperial Russia to the present time.
I would like to thank the authors of the above-mentioned articles who trusted our journal with their work, the book reviewers, the entire editorial board and the anonymous referees for their help and for allowing me to develop this issue on a topic of this importance.