‘We Will Not Forget, We Will Not Forgive!’: Alexei Navalny, Youth Protest and the Art of Curating Digital Activism and Memory in Russia
This chapter analyses the mnemonic practices emerging within digital protest movements in modern post-Soviet Russia. In recent years this movement received institutional, economic and political support from Alexey Navalny, one of the most influential Russian political bloggers and opposition members. Focusing on his memory ecology, built on the ‘not forgetting, not forgiving’ discourse of identifying those responsible for the political malfunctioning of contemporary Russia, Moroz then turns to the analysis of youth’s participation in the creation of such discourse. The chapter concludes with the study of their original ways of constituting a digital witnessing archive filled with mediatised memory records. It also raises questions about similarities and differences between youth digital practices, that help to recall barely noticeable negative political events of the recent past or even the present and thus to construct some prospective memory tasks, and memory ecology, presented by Navalny.