100 years after the seismic Russian Revolution, what influences can we find from the Soviet Union and Russia in contemporary Vienna? This walk will go beyond the headlines to look at the Russians who live in our city now (including many Chechens and Orthodox Jews, plus opera singers and ballerinas).
What sort of dialogue existed between Red Vienna and Moscow, in those years after the collapse of the Romanov and Habsburg dynasties? We will look at socialist housing and propaganda projects that seem to take inspiration from the East.
We’ll visit the Russian church and Embassy (at least the exterior!), plus the Memorial to the Victory over Fascism on Schwarzenbergplatz. Also the walk will reflect on the huge cultural contribution, from literature to art, ballet to opera, plus vodka and a few restaurants. The parents of the current president of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, were Russian and Estonian.
What was life like during the Soviet occupation of north Vienna, in the post-war years? Why did they leave Austria 40 years before the Soviet Union (and US) pulled out of Germany?
We will briefly explore Vladimir Putin and his influence on Europe now, but this walk is more interested in the people and culture than spies and fake news. And also in the massive contribution the Red Army made to liberating Europe during the second world war.
At the end, we will all taste some fine Russian vodka.
We believe that dialogue and curiosity will always be preferable to hate and frontiers. Let’s find out what we share, between Moscow and Vienna.
Part of the funky Wir sind Wien – Festival der Bezirke!
Meeting point: Vorplatz Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, 1030, Anton-von-Webern-Platz
No registration possible – just be there on time.
No reservations possible.
Find us later on: 0680 1 254 354
Walk led by: Eugene Quinn