(Mis)Managing the Past: Politics of ‘Decommunisation’ in Ukraine, 1990s – 2018

Georgi Kassianov (Kiev)

The paper provides a brief outline of the politics of ‘decommunisation’ undertaken by different mnemonic actors in Ukraine since the end of 1980s. ‘Decommunisation’ is the process of dismantling the legacies of the communist state establishments, culture, and psychology in the post-communist space. Special attention will be paid to the final ‘decommunisation’ effort in 2015 – 2018, after special ‘decommunisation’ laws were passed by the Ukrainian Parliament. The presentation will analyse interests and roles of political actors, societal responses and political outcomes of ‘decommunisation’.