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Sanna Turoma
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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Nadir Kinossian (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Germany)

'Recycling' of Soviet Imagery in the Cultural Landscape of Arctic Towns

Despite radical social and economic changes, Russia's contemporary cultural landscapes are spangled with Soviet monuments which convey various neglected, unwanted, or embalmed meanings. Although the new Russia bears only partial similarity to the USSR, the two states relate to each other by rejection or adoption of cultural symbols. This paper analyses the Post-Soviet cultural landscape using case studies from the Russian North. The study concludes that the Soviet symbols fit well into the political economy of the North where the state and large industries remain key players. The elites profit from 'recycling' the old Soviet imagery using it as building blocks for new collective identities. Paradoxically, neoliberalism has appeared in Russia in one of its guises, camouflaged in the old Soviet slogans. Soviet monuments, slogans, and rituals reappear through the subsequent layers of reforms and modernization to form the contemporary post-Soviet cultural landscape.