Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Modern Languages and Literatures


Alexander Prokhorov

Committee Members

Elena Prokhorova

Frederick Corney


This thesis examines the uses of St. Alexander Nevsky’s iconography in the memory vehicles constructed during the reign of Vladimir Putin to legitimize his political regime. In particular, I am looking at a film invoking St. Alexander Nevsky produced during Putin’s early rule along with a monument dedicated to Nevsky unveiled on the eve of the war against Ukraine. I draw my theoretical framework from the works of Alon Confino, Nina Tumarkin, Stephen Norris, Scott Palmer, and Mariëlle Wijermars. Specifically, I am interested in how political leadership legitimates itself via such memory vehicles as film and monumental sculpture.

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