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Today marks the 200th anniversary of perhaps the most famous battle of all times – the Battle of Waterloo, which occurred on June 18, 1815. This was not the largest battle in terms of the number of participants or in the number of fallen; however, it is one of the most vivid episodes in military history. The reason for this is clear: this is when the allied forces managed to put an end to the career of a genius military leader who had terrorize all of Europe – Napoleon Bonaparte.  Russia did not have a formal role in this battle, where the participants, in addition to Napoleon’s army assembled upon his return from Elba,...

18.06.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Many a time had I set myself to interview our neighbor – such an interesting person was he. I had wanted him to talk of his life and of the war, of him meeting Zhukov, Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe. He had been living so close it always seemed I’d make it later, the following day, next week … Special Neighbor Our families have been living in this house since 1957. They refer to it as a Stalin-era block, though the house was built after the chief had died. Valentin Shorin was the most unusual and flamboyant person among our neighbors – one of the chosen few, frequently traveling abroad in...

07.05.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The forum titled “The Great Victory Achieved through Unity” has been held once a year since 2010. The first forums were held in Russian cities of military valor – Tuapse, Vladikavkaz and Kursk and then in the hero-city Volgograd. In 2015, the year marking the 70th anniversary of victory, the hero-city Moscow welcomed the forum participants. The forum gathered scholars, political scientists, public figures and veterans of the Great Patriotic war from 16 countries of the near abroad – from all of the forum republics of the USSR and Abkhazia. In total there were approximately 500 participants, including 51...

29.04.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Many of us are rather well informed about the history of the Great Patriotic War. We can name the date of our counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, describe the two phases of the Battle of Stalingrad and recall the name of the German plan to surround Soviet troops in the Kursk salient. And of course the Battle of Berlin is also not forgotten. But what do we know about this battle?  The red banner hoisted over the Reichstag. The unconditional surrender signed on the eve of May 9. Those are the brightest symbols of victory. But even the most appropriate symbols when lacking comprehensive knowledge and insight...

24.04.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

An academic conference devoted to literature about the Great Patriotic War was held in Moscow at the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute and the Moscow State Pedagogical University. In addition to Russian literary critics and historians, presentations were made by their colleagues from other countries as well – Bulgaria and even Turkey. “I am translating into Turkish Yuri Bondarev’s novella “The Last Salvo” and it will be published in Turkey this summer,” says literary critic Badegül Can Emir. Badegül...

18.04.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Five hundred and forty years ago, right on the eve of the Great Day – so they called Easter in 1475, a distinguished guest from Italy had entered through the gate of the Moscow fortress, which, one should mention, back then looked nothing like today’s Kremlin. The chronicles have it this way: “In the summer 6983 (1475) on the Great Day, Semyon Tolbuzin, the Grand Duke’s envoy, came back from Rome and brought along a master of walls, who erects churches and chambers, by the name of Aristotele”. According to the same chronicler, the guest was accompanied by son Andrei and pal Petrusha. He was...

13.04.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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