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The Berlin Wall and the Ethics of the Cold War — Valdai Club

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There are many nuances that blur the whole, blissful picture of the “good old” Cold War and the semantics of chivalry that attempt to convey an idealised perception of it to us today, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Oleg Barabanov.


August 13, 2021, marks the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall — perhaps the most famous symbol of the Cold War. This anniversary, in addition to its undoubted historical significance, also provides an opportunity for us to re-focus on the legacy of the Cold War era today. And also on how historical memory and possible historical myths about it affect modern world politics.


In fact, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis that followed shortly after, marked a milestone in the evolution of the Cold War. Before that, it had been developing, so to speak, “on the rise” (despite the short periods of Khrushchev’s…

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