The Prospect Interview #141: How can nations atone for their sins?

Lessons from Russia and Germany—plus how to renegotiate Britain's role in the world

August 05, 2020
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Why do some countries succeed in confronting their pasts, and others fail? Authors Ivan Krastev and Leonard Benardo join the Prospect Interview this week to discuss the question of the summer: how do nations come to terms with the historical crimes they’ve committed?

Ivan and Leonard write an essay on the (unsuccessful) Russian case in this month’s issue of Prospect, in which they trace the curious recent rehabilitation of Joseph Stalin in recent years. What does it take for a country to face up to its history—and what do they make about Britain’s ongoing debate on the statue of Winston Churchill?

You can read Ivan and Leonard’s essay here.

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