For Russians, World War II is known as the "Great Patriotic War" [Ð’ÐµÐ»Ð¸ÐºÐ°Ñ ÐžÑ‚ÐµÑ‡ÐµÑÑ‚Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð°Ñ Ð’Ð¾Ð¹Ð½Ð°]. Anyone who has visited Russia or spoken with Russians can appreciate the sentiment behind this. World War II was unimaginably brutal — and brutalizing — even for a population who had endured Stalin’s Great Terror just a few years before. [...]
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