Archive for December, 2011

Really, Russia? Come on, get it together…


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This square in the Republic of Georgia is a solid representation of how the manipulation of public space can express political and psychological control, something that Russian rulers throughout history knew well. Here we see the evolution from 19th century Yerevan Square (when an Armenian majority and socioeconomic elite dominated Tbilisi), to 20th century Lenin Square (changed after Bolshevik annexation), to 21st century Freedom Square (a symbol of the new administration that seeks to distance itself from Russian authoritarianism and integrate with the democratic West).

Yerevan-Lenin-Freedom Evolution

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