Dr Allyson Edwards is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. Edwards completed her PhD in 2021, focusing on Russia militarism in the 1990s. She is an expert in memory diplomacy, patriotic education systems, and historical mythmaking. You can follow her on Twitter at @AllysonEdwards1.
Countering the Kremlin’s information operations on Ukraine will be hard because the Russian public’s perception of the war has been shaped by Moscow’s decades-long systematic effort to frame conflicts in terms of Russia’s role in defeating Nazi Germany.
Russia’s historical mythmaking around Ukraine, NATO, and the Great Patriotic War are key to understanding its invasion.