On September 25-26, 2023, an international conference was held in the city of Vicenza (Italy) on the topic “Russian Empire-USSR-Russian Federation: the evolution of Russian nationalism and its relations with Ukraine and other nationalities”. The organizers of the conference were the Foundation of the Institute of History (Vicenza), the Olympic Academy (Vicenza), the Institute of Resistance and Modern History of the Province of Vicenza, the Socio-Cultural Institute in Vicenza, the non-governmental organization Il Ponte/Mist.

Authoritative Italian scientists were invited to the conference, including Andrea Graziosi, Giovanna Brogi, Alberto Mazoero, Simona Merlo, Niccolò Pianchola and others. Among the issues discussed were the radicalization of Putinism, Russian nationalism in the Soviet Union from 1945 to its collapse, the evolution of Ukraine from a post-Soviet state to a national state in 1991–2022, the problems of the Holodomor as a political tool, the issue of relations between the Baltic states and Russia after the Cold War and many other interesting and important problems.

The only scientist from Ukraine invited to the conference was the Chief Researcher of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science of our Institute, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Yuriy Shapoval. He delivered the report “Vasyl Shulgin’s Transformation of Ukraine into the Russian Grand Duchy. An unknown pamphlet of a Russian monarchist from 1938”.

Opening. (Photo by Yu. Shapoval)

Yuriy Shapoval and one of the organizers of the conference, Professor Andrea Graziosi of the University of Naples