Dealing with the political uses of freedom myths in the Chechen independent movement’s ideology between 1991 and 1994, this article notably points out the role of collective memories of past tragic events in reshaping myths and their political significance. So doing, the author suggests the strength that the narratives conveyed by myths can have for the production of a common sense of the past. Through a study of the successive references to the wolf and this symbol’s forced eradication since Ahmad Kadyrov’s nomination as president in 2003, A. Campana also illustrates the role of identity entrepreneurs in the development of a particular system of representations at a given time.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.3.B-591