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Making Red Warriors out of Peasants

(photo) “ I, son of the laboring people, citizen of the Soviet Republic, assume the title of warrior in the Worker-Peasant Army” (Solemn Oath on Induction into the Worker-Peasant Red Army). Lenin and his Comrades wholeheartedly believed that a general standing Army was detrimental and only a characteristic of conformist nations. Therefore, the Imperial Russian Army … Continue reading Making Red Warriors out of Peasants

The Melon Vendor

There is a photograph found in the Library of Congress’ World Digital Library of a melon vendor in modern day Uzbekistan. Please look at the image shown below… (Image found here) Taken around the year 1911 by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, the photograph elegantly shows the stark traditional nature of the city and people of which … Continue reading The Melon Vendor