May 9th will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in Russia. In addition to the solemn observances and huge military parade through Red Square that will mark the occasion, hundreds of thousands will take to the streets festooned with orange and black victory ribbons, wearing pilotkas (the ubiquitous Soviet army cap) and waving Russian and Soviet flags. 1,258 more words
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Some people may regard Wajda’s Katyn as ‘too little, tool late’, and it’s not hard to understand why. The mass killing of Polish officers happened long ago, and the official line during the yrs under communism was that the Nazis were to blame and Soviets were the liberators. 328 more words
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Russia’s parliament in November 2010 finally declared Stalin responsible for ordering the Katyn massacre of Polish officers in World War II, a crime Moscow spent decades blaming on the German Nazis.
The Katyn Massacre, also known as the Katyn Forest Massacre (Polish: zbrodnia katyńska, ‘Katyń crime’), was a mass murder of thousands Polish military officers, policemen, intellectuals and civilian prisoners of war by Soviet NKVD, based on a proposal from Lavrentiy Beria to execute all members the Polish Officer Corps dated March 5, 1940. 2,261 more words
Two of the most honestly gruesome films of barbaric atrocities in modern times ever made are the Russian film The Chekist and the Polish film… 1,564 more words