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Reconstruction of the Soviet military cemetery situated in the German city of Elsterwerda is over, TASS informs. The opening ceremony took place today, September 21. Local population, representatives of the city administration and Russian Embassy delegates took part in the event. More than three thousand people were buried at this cemetery...

22.09.2017 Subject: History

Gala opening ceremony of the monument to Nicholas I took place in Teplice, Czech Republic, TASS informs. Senior Council of Russian Consulate General in Karlovy Vary Igor Melnik took part in the ceremony. Giving a speech the diplomat thanked city administration for support of Russia’s efforts to eternalize the remembrance of Nicholas I...

21.09.2017 Subject: History

Celebrations dedicated to the Russian Military Fame Day - The Battle of Kulikovo held in Tula region, Interfax reports. The battle took place 637 years ago. Solemn masses in Kulikovo field churches in conjunction with this date were conducted, according to the Kulikovo museum-reserve. Prayers devoted to warriors who died more than 700 years ago on Kulikovo Field and other...

21.09.2017 Subject: History

Monument to creator of the legendary AK-47, famous gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov was set in Moscow, RIA Novosti informs. The gala ceremony of unveiling the monument took place today September 19. It was timed with Day of Gunsmith. The monument of more than seven meters high was established at the crossroads of Sadovaya-Karetnaya and Dolgorukovskaya streets. The gunsmith holds...

19.09.2017 Subject: History

Saint Petersburg marks the Memorial Day in honor of the victims of the Siege of Leningrad today. It is timed with the beginning of the siege, TASS informs. Memorial ceremonies traditionally started with flowers’ laying rituals by the plate of the building on Nevsky Prospect № 14. The...

08.09.2017 Subject: History

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve has acquired the book Analyse raisonnée de la sagesse de Charron by Jean-Pierre-Louis Luchet used to belong to empress Catherine the Great, RIA Novosti reports. Two volumes were owned by a private collector. Museum workers have noted that judjing by book binders and marks on flyleafs the issue was stored in Tsarskoye...

05.09.2017 Subject: History

Government of Poland claimed intention to demand reparation payments from Russia on the grounds of Treaty of Riga dated 1921, RIA Novosti informs. Members of the Polish Ruling Party Law and Justice expressed their opinion that representatives of Poland and Russia might “sit down at the table and talk about how it should be done”. ...

04.09.2017 Subject: History

Borodino Day-2017 International historical festival was held on September 3, according to website of Museum-Reserve Borodino Field. Hundreds of admirers of history and reenactors from Russia and other foreign countries took part in this event. Admirers of war history and those who interested in events of the beginning of XIX century had a chance to watch reenactment of particular...

04.09.2017 Subject: History

The anniversary of outstanding scholar in Oriental studies, an elder son of the well-known painter Nikolai Roerich was celebrated in India. This year is 115th birth anniversary of the scholar, TASS informs. A gala ceremony was held at the estate museum of the Roerich family, situated in the Himalayan foothills. Russian and Indian scientists, researchers, figures of culture and...

18.08.2017 Subject: History

Scientists and students from Russia and France will take part in a mutual search expedition. It starts in two days, as per the website of Ministry of Culture. Expedition is to commemorate World War I battle next to the French city of Kursi. It is organized by Russian Military Historical Society. The group will search for remains of soldiers and officers of the Russian expeditionary force, who died...

16.08.2017 Subject: Array

Words of Poland’s Foreign Minister about Russia’s responsibility for starting Second World War is a pure provocation, according to the comment of the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Defense and Security Franz Klintsevich on his Facebook page. The day before Foreign Minister of Poland has claimed that Germany and USSR...

14.08.2017 Subject: Array

Authorities of Vagli Sotto, the small Italian town in the midst of Toscana hills, unveiled a memorial commemorating Russian 1st Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko in Park of Honour and Dishonour, RIA Novosti reports. The militarian has heroically died in Syria on March 2016. A two-metre marble monument represents a soldier with a raised head in a full uniform. As the monument...

07.08.2017 Subject: History

Opening ceremony of the Fidel Castro monument in Crimean peninsula was held in the frames of the Extreme Crimea 2017 festival, TASS informs. The monument was created by domestic sculptors. The portrait of Commander and the quote “Victory is persistence” are placed on the Limestone stele is 2,5 meters high. The memorial is raised in Olenevka village situated on the Black Sea shore. In the future it is planned to...

07.08.2017 Subject: History

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