The Katyn Case in Russian-Language WebPages

Mariya Melentyeva

Abstract


About 26,000 Polish officers, enlisted men and political prisoners killed by the Soviet security services in the spring of 1940 are regarded victims of the Katyn crime. The Katyn case has influenced official Russian-Polish relations and the commemoration of the victims plays a significant role in creating Polish and Russian national ideologies. In recent years, the Russian internet has become a widely used space for public and academic debates on the matter. This paper discusses what the Russian-speaking reader can find about the Katyn massacre in Russian online. It analyzes the rhetoric of exemplary articles, forums, and films, the questions they address, and the ideas they advocate.

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