June 22, the day World War II started for the Soviet Union, is the Day of Remembrance and Mourning in Russia.

This is my grandfather, who just turned 17 at the time, 4 months after the war started. It’s a tiny photo that came to my posession a couple weekes ago, kindly passed on to me by my cousin twice removed during a big family gathering. 

War is not parades. War is not showing it to someone. War is 17 year old boys wearing military uniform, killing and being killed. War is broken lives of an entire generation. 

Never forget!

Помню. Скорблю.

76 years ago today 

June 22nd, 1941. The largest land invasion in the history of the world, involving over 3 million German and Axis allied soldiers at its start, commenced. 

Over the next four years more than 20 million people, soldiers and civilians, would perish. The killing fields would span over 1,100 miles, breaking at the gates of Moscow, to fall back into the heart of the Reich itself, Berlin. 

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Today Terry Gross spoke with Wired writer Andy Greenberg about how Russia has been waging cyber war against Ukraine – undermining media, finance, politics transportation, military and the power grid. Greenberg says you should be paying attention. “They can get away with things in Ukraine and they can’t try elsewhere and they may be honing attacks that they’ll use on Western Europe or the United States.”

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Drone trip up to Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains

Grigoriy Rasputin recuperating after an attack on his life

In July 1914 a peasant woman Khionya Guseva, a follower of a priest who had come to despise Rasputin and his influence, attacked Rasputin in his home village and stabbed him in the stomach. She was arrested and while in costudy claimed that she believed Rasputin to be an Antichrist and a false prophet. Eventually she was found not responsible for her actions on grounds of supposed insanity. Rasputin survived, but was badly wounded and it took a long while for him to heal and regain his health in the Tyumen hospital. It was after this incident that Rasputin turned to alcohol and made his increasingly suspicious of others.