The VCheKa, NKVD, KGB, and finally FSB – whatever the name, the body and its functions didn’t change much over the years up till now. This year Russia’s main security service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so now is the perfect time to check how familiar are you with its history!
It’s 75 years since the start of the Soviet counteroffensive at Stalingrad. At the beginning of the battle for the city, Soviet troops appeared to face imminent defeat, unable to resist the Nazi German onslaught. However, the Red Army turned the tide into a victory that changed the course of the war. Russia Beyond looks back at those traumatic events through the recollections of those who experienced it.
Even if you’ve lived in Russia for many years, and even if you already like dill and can drink vodka without getting drunk, there are some aspects of Russians’ every day behavioral code that are hard to understand. But we’ll try to explain.