The fifteenth issue of CIVICUS is about rethinking the Soviet past. In order to facilitate the correct understanding of the existing problems, the editorial board decided to have the social-economic and cultural practices characteristic of the Soviet Union as the topic of discussion for this issue. Here you will be introduced to the articles on political systems as well as on the peculiarities of the Soviet visual art. The authors seek to answer the following questions: What kind of political instruments had an influence on forming the political memory? How was the Soviet policy evolved and transformed towards religious confessions? What is the post-communist space experience? - Lustration law in Eastern Europe. What kind of visual means is reserving the Soviet totalitarian memory? Besides, here you can read the odd stories of the victims of Soviet repressions, Soviet propaganda methods, movie and photo stories.