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Russia's symbol of victory, the Motherland Calls monument, sits on the hill soaked with blood. It is the site of the most ferocious and important battle of World War II, and thousands of soldiers have been buried in a mass grave underneath the statue. Its sculptor, Evgeny Vuchetich, has managed to embody the heroism of the people, whose popular slogan was "Not a step back", and millions still come to the foot of the monument every year to commemorate the Soviet triumph.
Since 1974 Cyprus has been divided into two parts – Greek and Turkish. The bloody conflict that preceded it is still fresh in the memory of Cypriots. And it’s only now that the remains of those who went missing are being searched for and identified in an attempt to bring the relatives some closure.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest revolts in the history of the Russian Empire. It took place in Semirechye, ‘the valley of 7 rivers’, in the south of the Empire’s territory in Central Asia. What started as a protest against Tsar Nikolas II’s policies escalated into a fight between the Kyrgyz population and the Russian and Cossack settlers.
On October 4th, 1993, what had started as a row between then-President Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Parliament culminated in an all-out battle for Russia's destiny between legislators who had barricaded themselves inside Russia's 'White House' and the president's tanks and supporters.
Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
On 27 July 1714, the Russian fleet overpowered the Swedes at the Battle of Gangut, resulting in Russia’s first naval victory. 300 years later, history comes alive in the largest-scale re-enactment of those events. RT Doc joins the eye-catching spectacle.
World War II took millions of human lives, leaving many homes devastated with grief. Six million Soviet soldiers went missing in the war, seemingly lost to their loved ones forever. But now, groups of enthusiasts eager to find their unmarked graves search former battlefields for their remains.