Belarusian Honor Guard carrying the national flags of Belarus and the Soviet Union, as well as the Soviet victory banner, in Minsk, 2019.

Neo-Sovietism, sometimes known as neo-Bolshevism, is the Soviet Union–style of policy decisions in some post-Soviet states, as well as a political movement of reviving the Soviet Union in the modern world or to reviving specific aspects of Soviet life based on the nostalgia for the Soviet Union.[1][2] Some commentators have said that current Russian President Vladimir Putin holds many neo-Soviet views, especially concerning law and order and military strategic defense.[3]

Neo-Sovietism in Russian state policies

2021 Moscow Victory Day Parade. Military parades and Soviet military symbolism play an important role in the 9 May celebrations across Russia.

According to Pamela Druckerman of The New York Times, an element of neo-Sovietism is that "the government manages civil society, political life and the media".[4]

According to Matthew Kaminski of The Wall Street Journal, it includes efforts by Putin to express the glory of the Soviet Union in order to generate support for a "revived Great Russian power in the future" by bringing back memories of various Russian accomplishments that legitimatized Soviet dominance, including the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany. Kaminski continues on by saying that neo-Sovietism "offers up Russian jingoism stripped bare of Marxist internationalist pretenses" and uses it to scare Russia's neighbours and to generate Russian patriotism and anti-Americanism.[5]

Andrew Meier of the Los Angeles Times in 2008 listed three points that laid out neo-Sovietism and how modern Russia resembles the Soviet Union:[6]

Neo-Soviet organizations

See also


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  2. ^ Shevtsova, Lilia (2007). Russia—Lost in Transition: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies. Translated by Tait, Arch. Carnegie Endowment. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-87003-236-3.
  3. ^ Slade, Gavin (Spring 2005). "Deconstructing the Millennium Manifesto: The Yeltsin–Putin Transition and the Rebirth of Ideology". Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. 1 (4): 74–92. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.
  4. ^ Druckerman, Pamela (8 May 2014). "The Russians Love Their Children, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ Kaminski, Matthew (26 March 2014). "Putin's Neo-Soviet Men". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ Meier, Andrew (29 August 2008). "Is the Soviet Union back?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 December 2015.