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    How the Kremlin Weaponized Russian History — And Has Used It to Justify the War in Ukraine

    How the Kremlin Weaponized Russian History — And Has Used It to Justify the War in Ukraine

    TALLINN, — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going back to the ninth century.

    Putin even gave him a folder containing what he said were copies of historical documents proving his points: that Ukrainians and Russians historically have always been one people, and that Ukraine's sovereignty is merely an illegitimate holdover from the Soviet era.

    Carlson said he was “shocked” at being on the receiving end of the history lesson. But for those familiar with Putin's government, it was not surprising in the least: In , history has long been a propaganda tool used to advance the Kremlin's political goals. And the last two years have been entirely in keeping with that ethos.

    In an effort to rally people around their world view, Russian authorities have tried to magnify the country's past victories while glossing over the more sordid chapters of its history. They have rewritten textbooks, funded sprawling historical exhibitions and suppressed — sometimes harshly — voices that contradict their narrative.

    Russian officials have also regularly bristled at Ukraine and other European countries for pulling down Soviet monuments, widely seen there as an unwanted legacy of past oppression,…

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