With the centenary of the October Revolution this year, the clash between Russia's official history and the memories of the people will move to the center of public life.
For Andrei Kolesnikov's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Crimea's "return" to Russian control had a profound effect on public sentiment — one that seems to have strengthened Vladimir Putin's grip on power, even as Russia faces deepening political and economic challenges.
Vladimir Putin's Syrian adventure is yet another appeal to Russian nostalgia for the Soviet past as a way to maintain his support and distract the public from problems closer to home.
The Kremlin's successful campaign to build a besieged fortress has imprisoned its chief architect.
The Putin regime's approach can best be described as "hybrid totalitarianism."
The more the West increases its economic pressure against Russia, the less likely it becomes that Russians will engage in dissent against the Putin regime.