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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.20

Monuments of socialism as part of socio-cultural life in the Tatarstan


  • Dr. Sergey RYCHKOV

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Monuments of socialism occupy an important place in the sociocultural and political life of Tatarstan - the subject of the Russia. The monuments of material culture include monuments to Soviet leaders, preserved in all urban and many rural settlements; architectural monuments and entire blocks of residential buildings (“Socialist City”); expositions of museums. Monuments to Lenin are used both for ritual purposes, when modern communists conduct rituals to accept new members, and to develop the tourist attractiveness of the places, primarily for China. We note the steady transformation of the role of the monuments of socialism and the reduction of the solidarity potential associated with them. Separately, the monuments in memory of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 are presented. They are supported by the government and public organizations. Under postsocialism, several new monuments were created. The area around becomes a public space (""Victory Park"" in Kazan). We have reviewed monuments of the non-material socialist cultural heritage. Some of them leave everyday life (jokes, graffiti, songs, most of socialist celebrations). Others remain part of the modern sociocultural space with a corresponding transformation of the content and forms ( the International Women's Day, the Day of Defender of the Fatherland, ""Immortal Regiment""). The solidarity of the socialist period led to a new solidarity of postsocialism. The vectors of transformation of monuments of socialist culture are in different directions in the postsocialistic Tatarstan. Рrepared with the financial support of RFBR, the project № 19-09-00058 ""Ethno-Cultural potential of rural settlements: regional models of development.