Thomas de Thomon helped design impressive parts of St. Petersburg, but the city's statue of him looks a lot like a Scottish chemist 13 years his junior.
The BK-31 vessel, sunk during the most critical stage of the Nazi siege, shows how close Stalingrad came to defeat during one of the war's bloodiest battles.
The Bolsheviks took power in October 1917. A century later, because of their own doing, their revolution's centennial comes in November.
The Kremlin has glorified the Soviet Union, but it certainly doesn't want to celebrate overthrowing governments by force.
The event follows a successful mock up of the 1941-42 Battle for Moscow.
The annexation of Crimea ranks above Yury Gagarin's flight and the works of Russia's great writers, in pride index.
Putin hailed the 90-year-old's "sincere love" for Russia. He died on Saturday.