Saint Petersburg remembers the WW2 siege of the city, then known as Leningrad, in which a million people starved or froze to death. Survivor Galina Pligina tells her tale.
Some 100 years after the October Revolution began in St. Petersburg, Russian photographer Vladislav Karpyuk still finds traces of that pivotal moment in history when Lenin and the Bolsheviks overthrew the government.
The October Revolution had a knock-on effect on many African countries that were influenced by the Bolshevik victory to take up their own fight against colonialism.
The centennial of the Russian Revolution could present an occasion for reflection in Russia. Instead, the historian Karl Schlögel writes, the national mood is one of bewilderment and indifference.
Without the Bolshevik victory in 1917, decolonization across Africa may have played out in a much different fashion. Many liberation movements were inspired by the Russian Revolution.
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