When in January, 1904, Japan attacked the far Eastern possessions of Russia, almost nobody in Russia doubted that the victory will be for our country. Furthermore, this opinion was shared by most politicians in Europe. Very high was the authority of the Russian Empire, especially in the military sphere. Too immature it seemed Japan, less than forty years ago entered the path of modernization and industrial development.
According to official data, until 1945, the labour of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was translated from German into 16 other languages. However, the first foreign edition of "My struggle" appeared in the Soviet Union. Such "superiority" was initiated by Joseph Stalin.
Throughout most of its history, the Kaliningrad belonged to the German people and German history. The fortress of Koenigsberg was founded by Teutonic knights in 1255 and became a theatre of war in the conflicts of the Teutons, Prussians and Russians. Despite the active promotion of the Eastern Slavs to the West in modern times (in the Baltic States and Eastern Prussia), Konigsberg until the twentieth century, only once was under Russian rule during the Seven years ' war he was occupied in 1758-1762. In 1914 the Russian Imperial army again came to the city, but the Germans knocked the Russians out of East Prussia by the beginning of September – from that bitter defeat has begun crucial for Russia the First world war.
The mysterious death of Mikhail Frunze still not haunted by many historians. According to the official version, Frunze died after surgery for stomach ulcers. However, no less tragic was the fate and family of a revolutionary. Wife Frunze died a few months after him and his two children took to her Kliment Voroshilov.
In the spring of 1989 in the Lithuanian city of Jonava was one of the largest technogenic disasters in the history of the USSR – leakage of several thousand tons of toxic substances. Baltic nationalists used this excuse to blame "Russian invaders" in the intentional poisoning of nature. In fact, the damage from the disaster could be less, if not for the differences between Russians and Lithuanians.
In the epic "the Siege" is an episode where the German tanks, moving East, stopped, and tanker reports: "Here begins the Russian Stalin Line". To which the officer replies: "Nonsense, its Russian long-dismantled". Tanks going forward to meet the Soviet Pillboxes, and the viewer realizes that the Stalin Line had not "dismantled".
The second phase of the Battle for the Caucasus, which in 1943 was released all the Wehrmacht captured territory in Soviet times was traditionally presented as a number of major successes of the red Army.