What is worth discussing at the time of war? Verkhovsky first addresses some quantitative changes in the manifestations of anti-Semitism in Russia since 2014. Second, he looks at the changes in the way the Holocaust theme has been instrumentalized for the needs of state propaganda after February 24, 2022. And third, he describes a more complex attitude towards the prosecution for Holocaust denial in Russia’s liberal circles, which has to do with the Russian anti-extremism law enforcement practice.
Alexander Verkhovsky is the director of SOVA Center for Information and Analysis in Moscow. His areas of research are political extremism, nationalism and xenophobia, religion and politics, as well as misuse of anti-extremism policies in contemporary Russia. He authored several books on these issues, and a broad range of media articles and academic publications.