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Russian History and the Ideology of Putin's Regime Through the Window of Contemporary Russian Movies

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The present regime in Russia has increased its control over media. This is especially the case with TV. Thus, one could assume that the images of the past that one could find on the TV screen could be seen as representing the official views of the past. These images, in approximately 2005-2007, which retrospectively could be seen as the high point of Putin's regime, present in the context of the past the official ideology of the regime. It was sort of a new edition of Stalin's National Bolshevism. Stalin's National Bolshevism tried to integrate the tsarist and Soviet regime in one historical continuum, as was done by Putin's ideologists with Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. While there were similarities between the regimes and ideologies, there were also substantial differences. Stalin's National Bolshevism was the ideology of the rising and future-looking totalitarian state, full of confidence and ready for expansion, Putin's National Bolshevism was the ideology of the regime, which, even at the peak of its strength, felt the limits of its power. The regime's concern was not so much expansion but, implicitly, the preservation of the status quo and, thus, has implications for the regime's selection of historical images, and their interpretation and presentation on the screen.


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