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Russia: Nostalgia for the Empire

Catalogue Number:  A269-004
Producer:  Illégitime Défense
Producers:  Illégitime Défense
Producing Agencies:  Illégitime Défense and Les Films du Cabestan
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Documentary, History, Politics, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  France
Copyright Year:  2012
Running Time:  55:48

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The year after the downfall of the Soviet Union, President Boris Eltsine declared: “the Imperial Russia is over”, a long era that started with Ivan the Terrible. Ten years later, his successor, Vladimir Putin answered him by stating: “The downfall of the Soviet Union was the biggest catastrophe of the 20th century.”

Behind official positions, what are the real relationships between Moscow and its former satellites? Are they the fruit of a shared past or the sign of a new form of imperialism? Do Russians want to rebuild a new glacis, as revenge for the 1991 humiliation, or recreate a new empire?

French narration / English subtitles.

Also available in French: Russie, la nostalgie de l'empire

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