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Secessionism and Historical Politics: Instrumentalizing the Past in the Unrecognized Republics of Donbas and Transnistria

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The CEU Democracy Institute’s Democracy in History Workgroup launched a public lecture series to bring together international as well as local scholars of history and related fields in Budapest as well as online to exchange their results on the interplay between democracy and histor(iograph)y in a broad sense. The series’ title honors the legacy of historian Jenő Szűcs, an advocate of recognizing Central Europe as a historical region and a major critic of the misuses of national past in his native Hungary.


The lecture will explore the political use of history by the secessionist regimes in Donbas (Donetsk People Republic, Luhansk People Republic) and Transnistria (Transnistrian Moldovan Republic) before 24 February 2022. These pro-Russian separatist regimes employed a variety of mechanisms and strategies of dealing with the past. The lecture aims to highlight and compare the ways the leadership of the self-proclaimed republics in Transnistria and Donbas instrumentalized the discourse of the regional historical multiethnicity in their internal and external policies.

If you would like to attend in-person, please register here.

There is no need to register if you would like to join via Zoom. The meeting will be available here.


Alexandr Voronovici has completed his PhD at CEU's History Department in 2016. In his dissertation, he was exploring Soviet borderland policies in the Ukrainian SSR and Moldovan ASSR in the 1920s and 1930s. Currently, his research is primarily focusing on the issue of the memory politics in the post-Soviet de facto states. Overall, Alexandr is specializing in the history of East European borderlands in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has published widely on interwar Soviet nationality policies, separatism, and memory politics in Eastern Europe with a focus on Ukraine and Moldova. He has diverse teaching and research experience, having held positions at universities in Hungary, Moldova, and Russia.