Contemporary Russian youth established within the conditions of social economic and political transformations, change of the social ideals, and lifestyle. The contemporary world where the youth socializes acquires significantly different sociocultural dynamics compared to the one of the XX century. In the context of the Fatherland history, it is important to preserve in the social memory of the young generation the image of the past and the war 75 years ago.
The article presents the results of the mass survey of Russian students including students from the Republic of Tatarstan and their relation to the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 and patriotic perceptions and evaluations of the historic events. The reference to the past, and the Great Patriotic War, allows understanding if there is an intergenerational continuity pertained through the social memory and how youth evaluates the present and what are its perceptions of the future.