The article examines different strategies of creation, mediation and protection of mythologized Soviet memory within a sample of Russian-language digital communities. The article argues that, while a positive, mythologized memory or a ‘patriotic interpretation’ of history in digital communities emphasizes an actual requirement of positive re-evaluation of Soviet history in Russian society, it is constructed in opposition to the dominating discourse and state memory politics, bringing out a desire to form a space of counter history and memory. As the openness of internet space and the ease of expressing opinions creates a favourable environment for diversified memories and historic interpretations, the patriotic interpretation finds itself being constantly debated by counter interpretations of various origins (personal memories and judgements), and therefore constrained to adopt various responses to resist those challenges, the age of participants being one of the major factors determining these responses.

Language of contribution: English

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