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For Tsarist Russia, which dreamed of Tsarigrad and a passage to the sea, the question of Palestine was never really a foreign policy priority. Nevertheless, Russia, like the other Great Powers, had its consulates in the Holy Land. Part of their mission was to offer patronage to the local Orthodox Church (Russia was traditionally regarded as the patron of the Turkish Orthodox), monitor the status quo at the holy sites, help the numerous Orthodox pilgrims, as well as deal with all kinds of litigation between Russian nationals and citizens of European powers who were not under Turkish jurisdiction. Turkey’s entry into World War I, the...

02.12.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Yesterday's 90th anniversary celebration of the end of the First World War took place in Europe against the backdrop of noisy scandal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to attend the celebrations in France, which were held this year outside of Verdun. It was precisely here in 1916 that perhaps the bloodiest battle of the entire war took place. The battle became a symbol of French resistance. Celebrations of the peace agreement on November 11, 1918 have typically taken place in Compi...

12.11.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

For the last four years, Russia has not regarded November 7 as a holiday. This is only natural given that the current Russian government can hardly relate to these Revolutionary and Communist traditions. The most important evidence of this, strangely enough, is that for nearly 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, November 7 remained a holiday. Initially, it was something that was marked quietly, although it eventually became a vague celebration of national reconciliation. The festivities were forgotten, but the day nevertheless remained a non-working day, if only to placate the Communists who, in the early 1990s at least, were a...

07.11.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The anniversary of Yeltsin’s death, perhaps, is one of those events that is simply impossible to avoid paying attention to. It might be possible in theory, and one might even want to, but it doesn’t happen. Why? Because fundamental changes in the life of the Russian world are connected with the Yeltsin name. To start with, we will refrain from defining these changes in any particular way. The events surrounding the anniversary of the death of Russia’s first president are interesting in their own right. A monument to Yeltsin, completed by the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan, was unveiled at the Novodevichy cemetery with...

23.04.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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