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Julia Goryacheva In the lead-up to the Great Victory anniversary, Natalia Malinovskaya, the daughter of the legendary Soviet military leader Rodion Malinovsky, told the Russkiy Mir about her father, who had worked his way from being an ordinary machine gunner of the First World War up to the Soviet Marshal and Minister of Defense of the USSR. – There’s a well-known proverb: “It's a poor soldier that never wants to become a general”. Natalia Rodionovna, what about your father, who became the Marshal of the USSR? Did he also aim high while being a soldier? – Back in World War I,...

09.05.2020
Rubric: Interview
Subject: History

Sergey Vinogradov A videoconference commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Encounter of the Soviet and American armies at the Elbe River brought together historians, political experts, and military officers from a dozen countries of the world. The very first speeches refocused the teleconference bridge and turned it into discussion of current issues, such as the pandemic faced by the world, and the need to join forces in presence of a common threat. Speakers from academic lecture halls and scientific libraries, those wearing space suits and Indian turbans, officers in military uniforms and re-enactors in...

03.05.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Vyacheslav Nikonov Lenin was literary woven of paradoxes. The particularly tragic one was that "the most humane person," as Vladimir Mayakovsky called him, appreciated a humane the least. Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin) took a prominent place in the pantheon of great and rather paradoxical characters playing the major role in the world history. No other person in our country’s chronicle could be comparable with him in scale of influence on Russia and the world. Up to date, he is probably still one of the most published authors on the planet: by the end of the Soviet period, his works were published in 125...

24.04.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Irina Kirilina Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, the younger sister of Emperor Nicholas II, wrote in her memoirs: “…the only sovereign houses that were not related to the Romanovs were the Habsburgs, the Bourbons and the House of Braganza ...” Russian grand dukes used to marry foreign princesses, and princesses married rulers of other states. Here we will share how a daughter of Yaroslav the Wise became the Queen Consort of France, a granddaughter of Catherine the Great ruled in Weimar and participated in the Congress of Vienna, and a niece of Alexander of Russia was appointed as the regent in Greece. ...

06.03.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Alexander Dobrovolsky 75 years ago, the Red Army liberated the Oświęcim concentration camp (the Auschwitz) - perhaps the deadliest Nazi concentration camp, which became a symbol of the Holocaust and quintessential example of inhumanity of the Hitler regime. However, in the war and post-war history of the world-known concentration camp, there were episodes that are still in the shadow of “zeitgeist biography” of the “death factory” replicated by mass media… The concentration camp dates back its history back to 1940. In the spring, barracks of the former military camp of the Polish army located near the...

02.02.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Marina Brovkina On January 17, 1945, during the Warsaw-Poznan operation, Soviet troops liberated the Polish capital from Nazi invaders. It took the Red Army several days to get the Nazis out of the city. Adolf Hitler declared Warsaw a fortress (a German stronghold), and the Wehrmacht generals fiercely resisted, realizing that their defeat would open the direct route to Berlin for Soviet troops. The Red Army, having taken Warsaw, had the opportunity to be near the walls of the Reichstag soon. Warsaw was under enemy occupation since September 28, 1939. The...

17.01.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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