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Happy Russian Mail Day
July 10, 2016

Happy Russian Mail Day

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

In honor of the Day of Russian Mail (July 10 this year), we offer a crash course in the history of Russian mail delivery, from the yam stations of the Golden Horde to the Russian Post of modern Russia.

World War II in Russian Memory
June 22, 2016

World War II in Russian Memory

By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

June 22nd, as any student of Soviet history knows, is the day remembered in the official histories as the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Recent TV productions have sought to keep the state sanctioned view of the war alive in popular memory.

Questions of Life and Death
May 12, 2016

Questions of Life and Death

By Mikhail Mordasov

On Victory Day, Russian photographers Mikhail Mordasov and Ignat Kozlov captured images of World War II veterans and young Russians who are the same age as the veterans were when they went off to fight in the war. They asked each of their subjects two questions: "What should one live for?" and "What should one be willing to die for?"

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