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History 10 March 2014 15 331
Solovetsky Island in Russia's White Sea is home to one of Russia's most fabled monasteries. This sacred, centuries-old place was ravaged by Bolsheviks and turned into the country's first labour camp in the 1920's. Priceless religious artifacts were destroyed and church bells melted down. However, a boat carrying the monastery's bells which left for the mainland sunk, leaving it up to modern-day divers to retrieve them.
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 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.
The National Agricultural Exhibition Centre in Moscow, known as VDNKh, is a unique heritage of the Soviet era and a magnificent architectural and park complex unparalleled in the world. Built in the late 1930s to showcase the victories of collective farming, it boasts the works of the best artists and sculptors of the time.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest revolts in the history of the Russian Empire. The uprising 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 quickly escalated into a fight between the native Kyrgyz population and the Russian and Cossack settlers. It was a conflict that turned ordinary men into murderers and heroes, revealing the worst, and some of the best, of human nature. Now, descendants of those who lived through it share their ancestors’ accounts of the uprising.