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Interview met Gertjan Plets: erfgoed en oorlog in Syrië

Stephen Starr interviewde Gertjan Plets voor zijn artikel ‘Russia’s Next Target in Syria? Its Heritage‘ in het Amerikaanse tijdschrift OZY:

‘“Palmyra is very important for the Russians. It is constantly being used by the media in its depictions of the war in Syria,” says Gertjan Plets of Utrecht University, who has been writing about the politics of heritage reconstruction for a decade. Plets’ research has found that since 2017, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-owned domestic news agency, has published 31 feature articles on Syrian heritage alone as part of a broader effort to legitimize Moscow’s involvement and troops in Syria to the Russian public.’