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Russia, Grozny, Chechnya Blood and footprints in the snow following a Russian attack which killed the civilian driver of a car. In December 1994 Russian troops entered Chechnya in an attempt to quash the country's independence movement. Early promises of a quick victory were soon silenced as the Chechens put up fierce resistance to the Russian assault and the death toll mounted. Up to 100,000 people, many of them civilians, are estimated to have been killed in the 20 month war that followed.

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An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

Russia in color, a century ago

Photographer, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, was one of the nation’s leading photographers at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy.

Yuri Kozyrev: 15 Years of Chechnya's Troubled History

A couple walks through the ruins of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, which was flattened by Russian air strikes in the second Chechen war, March 2002.