Nostalgia or Revolution?

With the support of the Pascal Decroos Fund, MO * journalist Pieter Stockmans and photographer Mashid Mohadjerin travel through a number of important cities in European Russia to describe and image the revolutionary forces in 2017, 100 years after the Russian revolution of 1917.

Who are the Russians who overcome their fear every few years to have their voices heard? How do the different forces of opposition in Russia think about the commemoration of the revolutions of 1917, a few months before Putin is likely to be re-elected until 2024 as president? Will that term of office be one of shrinking freedom, greater repression and instability in Russia? Stockmans and Mohadjerin scrutinize the active Russian civil society and NGOs that were labeled as "foreign agents". They seek out participants of the March and June 2017 protests and try to find out who they are and what their background is. They investigate whether the patriotic symbolism, of the sacrifice of individual complaints in favor of the defense of the fatherland, still appeals to the Putin generation, the youngsters born or raised under Putin since 1999.

Pieter Stockmans

MO * journalist Pieter Stockmans follows the foreign policy of the European Union. He also follows the evolutions in Eastern Europe and the region to the east of the EU. As a freelance journalist, he has been traveling through North Africa and the…

Mashid Mohadjerin

Mashid Mohadjerin is an Iranian born photojournalist and portrait photographer.