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Crimean Events and the Development of Society’s Historical Memory

Chigrin V.A. , Doctor of Sociology, Professor, associate of other organizaiton, , Doctor of Sciences (Sociology), Professor, Head of Department of Sociology and Social Philosophy, Tauride Academy of V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University, Simferopol, Republic of Crimea, Russia.
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Kharabuga V.V. , Candidate of Historical Sciences associate of other organizaiton, , Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Assistant professor of Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, S.I. Georgievsky Medical Academy of V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University, Simferopol, Republic of Crimea, Russia.
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Crimean Events and the Development of Society’s Historical Memory.

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Topic: Crimea as a New Region of Russian Federation

For citas:
Chigrin V., Kharabuga V. Crimean Events and the Development of Society’s Historical Memory. Vestnik Instituta Sotziologii. 2015. No 15. P. 23-34


The article raises the issue of the historical memory of various age and ethnic groups as an important part of their identity. It analyzes the methodological and procedural peculiarities of studying this complex phenomenon within an ethnically diverse community, in region that is also just as diverse in terms of the climate and environment, community types, and the social and professional stratification. Independent sociological research disproves certain sociologists’ attempt to assert that the overwhelming majority of the Crimean population, young adults and students in particular, is opposed to their home region being reunited with Russia. Our studies reveal that not all of these sociologists, despite their claims of professionalism, are in fact capable of properly employing the necessary methods and procedures that are needed to plan, organize, carry out, and analyze a sociological survey. Such semi-professional research is then used by the media for political propaganda. The article lists several examples that show the level of scrupulous attention to every detail that is required from sociologists in order to collect reliable, relevant, and empirically supported data. We also establish that today, efforts must be made to fill in and turn over a new leaf in the book of historical memory, shared by the current and future generations of Crimeans, so that the local youth and students embrace the values of ethnic and religious diversity. And finally, we arrive at the general conclusion that such challenges of the modern age as the reclamation of Crimea, the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria, the immigration issues in the European Union, and the outbreak of xenophobia in the countries that once prided themselves on their tolerance, are symptoms of an overall decline of political and legal culture among the people, as well as a lack of balance, and outright distortions, in the way some young adults perceive socially acceptable behavior, in terms of both day-to-day interactions and social and political practices. As a result, we believe that society should do its utmost to nurture responsible citizens and patriots with an untainted historical memory.


Sociology, Crimea, historical memory, mentality, research sampling, ethnic profile, patriotic upbringing.

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