Putin’s “Big Lies”

Authoritarianism, revisionist history, and the threat to Ukraine

Presidential Executive Office of Russia, Wikimedia Commons
Presidential Executive Office of Russia, Wikimedia Commons

‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ — George Orwell, 1984

A common thread in authoritarian movements is the drive to rewrite history: to deny guilt, to identify scapegoats, to rationalize further grabs for power. At times these acts of revisionism are staggering.

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