Fighting Russia's History Wars: Vladimir Putin and the Codification of World War II

  title={Fighting Russia's History Wars: Vladimir Putin and the Codification of World War II},
  author={Mark Edele},
  journal={History \& Memory},
  pages={124 - 90}
  • M. Edele
  • Published 1 September 2017
  • History, Sociology
  • History & Memory
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