1990s russia

USSR (now RUSSIA). Moscow. December 24, 1990. Soviet mothers who lost their sons in the Red Army are held back by State militia as they hold photographs of their loved ones in Red Square. A group of about 200 Soviet parents who have all lost sons through ethnic violence and accidents within the Soviet armed services demonstrated outside the Kremlin. 6,000 Soviet service men were killed during 1990, as Moscow sent troops to quell separatist ambitions and ethnic strife (both deeply intertwined) to every corner of the Union (Baltic, Caucasian and Central Asian SSRs).

Photograph: Martin Cleaver/AP