Unease over US exit in Afghan valley where Soviets were routed

Thirty years on, former mujahideen fighters recount the days of battling the Red Army in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979. The Soviets left the country for good on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses — many in the unforgiving mountain passes of Panjshir.

Russia commemorates 1941 military parade on Red Square

Russia marks the 77th anniversary of the historic 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two.

Russia commemorates 1941 military parade on Red Square

Russia marks the 77th anniversary of the historic 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. IMAGES

Poland sends communist monuments to the dustbin of history

For 70 years, a monument to Soviet Red Army soldiers dominated a central square in the Polish town of Legnica, but recently it was mothballed in a warehouse under a controversial decommunisation law authored by Poland’s right-wing government.

Germany’s oldest bookseller, 95, packs suspense in last chapter

When Helga Weyhe began work at her beloved bookshop, the Red Army was on the march towards her east German town, Hitler still clung to power and Sartre had just published “No Exit”.

Russia marks 76th anniversary of 1941 military parade

Russia marks the 76th anniversary of a historic 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. IMAGES