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11/4/1917 Discipline breaks down in Russia's army

The recent revolution in Russia saw the emergence of the Petrograd Soviet, a council representing the workers and soldiers of that city. Since then other soviets have emerged across the empire, creating a system of political organisation that threatens to replace the official organs of the state. 139 more words

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The New 8th Combined-Arms Army of the Russian Federation Armed Forces will "Deal With" the Ukraine


The will form the new 8th Combined-Arms Army in the Southern Military District. According to the plan, its headquarters will be in Novocherkassk. The units will be in Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts.  142 more words


Can reconciliation ever heal a country with conflict wounds as deep as Syria?

The Syrian army’s local base in Aleppo is now a joint Syrian-Russian military headquarters, festooned with Syrian and Russian flags, its soldiery mixing together, Russian personnel sharing their own intelligence with the Syrians… 334 more words


14/3/1917 Petrograd: the revolution triumphant

Petrograd is now lost to the Tsar. Loyalist fighters are now trying to escape the city or are giving up the fight. Those that can surrender to the Duma, hoping thereby to escape the summary justice of the street. 213 more words

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13/3/1917 A new order starts to emerge in revolutionary Petrograd

Fighting continues in Petrograd between the revolutionaries and their opponents. Most of the city’s garrison has mutinied and joined the revolution, but some officers and loyal troops are continuing to resist, as are the police. 391 more words

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12/3/1917 Petrograd slides from unrest to revolution

Petrograd is in the grip of a general strike and protests that have assumed an increasingly revolutionary character. Yesterday, at the orders of the Tsar, troops were ordered out to restore order. 221 more words

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