“Of course not all Soviet monuments are the same. Desecrating a statue of a Red Army soldier is different to toppling a Lenin memorial or painting the Ukrainian flag on the spire of one of Moscow’s Stalin towers. The latter can and should be separated from the events of 70 years ago. The people who died in Stalingrad shouldn’t get mixed up with people sending arms to Donetsk separatists. To see it otherwise is to fall into the irresponsible, habitual comparisons of Putin with Stalin and Hitler, conflating things from very different historical orders.”

A small number of Russians have braved public disapproval and possible arrest to stand against Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. RFE/RL’s Russian Service spoke to some of them.

noiseintheaether:

nuitnuitnuit :

Russian Orthodox Clergy Vestments

thebeautyandthehorror:

Soviet machine-gunners near Detskoye Selo railway station in Pushkin, Siege Leningrad, January 21

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fuckyeahplattenbau:

Grozny is the capital city of the Chechen Republic, Russia, 90s

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krasnajiaarmijia:

Red army soldiers attack the last german positions.
Stalingrad-1943.

krasnajiaarmijia:

Red army soldiers attack the last german positions.

Stalingrad-1943.

flashofgod:

Sebastião Salgado, Penisola di Yamal, Siberia, 2011.

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lebedevsnigirevskaya:

Russia, Saint Petersburg, 2014.

by Peter

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facepalmmozart:

A Chechen soldier plays piano in one of the main streets of Grozny, where Russian jets had conducted bomb attacks over several days [27 December 1994]

facepalmmozart:

A Chechen soldier plays piano in one of the main streets of Grozny, where Russian jets had conducted bomb attacks over several days [27 December 1994]

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semioticapocalypse:

Yury Abramochkin. Short lunch and school news. USSR, 1965.

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