Victory Day?

Never Stop Speaking

There are four or five posts that are in the works, but this one is for the YAMS blog and under deadline, so it gets to go up first. If you want to read about some of the thoughts from other folks in my program serving all over the world, click here.

As the “Victory Day” celebrations in Russia come to a close, I have been forced once again to ask myself what the hell I’m doing in Moscow.

For those of you who have never been to Russia – or for that matter any ex-soviet country – Victory Day is the celebration of the Soviets defeating the Germans and winning the “Great Patriotic War”. Obviously this constructed narrative doesn’t exactly line up with the historical reality about what happened in WWII, but it is a narrative that has taken on a life of its own.

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