Putin hails Soviet role in WWII at military parade | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin praises the Soviet troops’ effort in WWII at the beginning of a massive military parade through Red Square in Moscow.

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75th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany: Military parade around the Red Square | AFP

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin presides over a massive military procession of infantry columns and tanks through Red Square in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II. IMAGES

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Moscow rehearses for WWII Victory Parade | AFP

Russian servicemen rehearse in Moscow ahead of a large-scale military parade taking place on June 24th, to mark the 75th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin will preside over the parade which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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On This Day: 16 June 1961

Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the U.S.. (June 16)

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Today in History for April 25th

Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi born; ‘America’ first used on a world map; U.S. and Soviet troops meet in World War II; The Hubble Space Telescope deployed into orbit; Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald born. (April 25)

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Russian dachas provides refuge from coronavirus | AFP

With half the world on some form of lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of city-dwellers are stuck inside. But Russians have another option: escaping to their dachas, small countryside homes that were parcelled out to city workers in Soviet times. With the number of coronavirus cases on the rise — Russia has registered some 58,000 to date — dachas have become a welcome refuge.

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Today in History for March 10th

Highlights of Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell successfully tests telephone; James Earl Ray pleads guilty to MLK assassination; Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko dies; Scarsdale Diet author killed; Odd Couple opens on Broadway. (March 10th)

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Today in History for February 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Today in History for February 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Bruno Richard Hauptmann convicted in the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder; The World War II bombing of Dresden begins; Konstantin Chernenko becomes Soviet leader; Peter Gabriel born; Waylon Jennings dies. (Feb. 13)

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Pompeo pledges US support during Minsk visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday the US was seeking to further strengthen relations with Belarus, as ties between the former Soviet republic and Russia become increasingly strained. (Feb. 1)

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Survivors mark 75 years since Auschwitz liberation

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by the Soviet army. (Jan. 27)

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Today in History for January 27th

Highlights of Today in History: , Soviet troops liberate concentration camps; Paris peace accords are signed; Astonauts die on Apollo one;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born;Composer Jerome Kern born

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Footage of Auschwitz liberation in 1945 show horrific conditions | AFP

Images shot by the Soviet Red Army in January and February of 1945 show the horrific conditions which survivors of the holocaust were forced to endure until their liberation on 27 January by Soviet forces. More than a million people — most of them Jews, but also ethnic minority members, homosexuals and dissidents — were killed at the extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. N°1O61OEN°1O818R

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Today in History for January 12th

Highlights of Today in History: Congress authorizes military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait; Soviet forces begin large offensive against Nazi Germany; First woman elected to U.S. Senate; Writer Agatha Christie dies; ‘All in the Family’ debuts on CBS.

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Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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The women saving Afghanistan from Soviet explosives | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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