25 War Veterans: Then And Now

War Veterans: Then And Now

Posted on April 23, 2015 by team


On these images you can see the veterans who managed to survive the war and live up to these days. They have been searched all around Russia and former Soviet republics. Most of them are 80-90 years old, some are already 100+. Look at their “then and now” photos.

On the picture above: Valentina, 94, Kiev.

Guvanch, Ashgabat, Turkmenia.

Boris Runov, 89, Moscow.

Uzokboy Akhraev, 90, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Holik Koyazhev, 91, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Abla Begaliev, 91, Arashan, Kirghizia.

Rozalia Abgaryan, 91, Yerevan, Armenia.

Justavlet Tasybaev, 90, Talgar, Kazakhstan.

Georgi Gozalishvili, 88, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Georgi Parul, 89, lives in Kishinev, Moldavia.

Julius Deksnis, 88, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Fricis Ceplis, 98, Riga, Latvia.

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25 Responses to “War Veterans: Then And Now”

  1. unclemymy says:

    From the USA, I salute these heroes! I’m very happy to be able to do it for them, and only wish to also salute the heroes who gave the supreme sacrifice to defend their homeland and way of life. God keep you! On to Berlin!

  2. Lotsov Phun says:

    Vilnius is in Lithuania, not Latvia :/

  3. Faith Gorodki says:

    From a Finnish point of view, the Soviets were the invaders, not defenders…

    • Michael Medvedev says:

      In Winter War USSR – Invader (To move the border to protect Saint-Petersburg if Hitler will declare war)
      In WW2 USSR – defender.
      From a Russian point of view.

  4. Erikas says:

    Yes it is definitely Vilnius, Lithuania, his name is Lithuanian and the background is Vilnius cathedral, near my home :)

  5. Dan says:

    Valentina has the look of a bad girl. The best kind!

  6. CZenda says:

    The military jewellery worn by the veterans is mostly post-WWII, various memorial medals, badges etc.

    • Froggy says:

      That is such a petty comment … Skoda !!

    • Froggy says:

      Boris Runov received the “hero of the Soviet Union” decoration …

      • CZenda says:

        Well, he did. Nobody says he did not deserve it.
        On the other hand, a soldier able to provide his politruk with sufficient amounts of vodka and thus survive e.g. the Southern Front could easily be awarded almost all campaign medals.

  7. Muzzlehatch says:

    American like to hand out medals too. The caption for this WWII cartoon is “Just gimme a couple asprin, I already got a “Purple Heart”.
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/fe/3e/cc/fe3ecc9ffed520f76c76f052c700bed6.jpg

  8. p51d007 says:

    My grandfather was a WW2 vet, 5th Marines on Iwo Jima.
    He died young, in the early 70’s, from what was called “shell shock”. He was the guy charged with following the flame thrower. After wiping out a bunch of enemy soldiers, his task was to shoot the living screaming ones.
    Hat’s off to these brave people of Russia & eastern Europe for helping rid the world of the German, Italian & Japanese enemy.

  9. john says:

    They all look great, I’m glad to see them all,very nice posting. so much history just standing there. I wish them all well.

  10. Truhtliesbeneath says:

    What happened to the ER? How much does ER get from Putin’s government to post all these glorifying pro-russian pro-war articles? Used to be a really good site few years ago. Then you started to hunt for clicks with those “no more than 3 pictures per page galleries”. These days it is flooded with bullshit and there is just one or two interesting posts in twenty. Not the way to go imho :-/

  11. Diogo Terra says:

    Respect from Brazil.

  12. xm3 says:

    @ Fred Enaj
    We remember that some of them start WW2 campaigne during attack on Poland in September 1939.

  13. George says:

    Thank you for sharing

  14. Craith says:

    While we may not all agree on all points, let us remember he sacrifice and pain of all of those from all nations who saved the world from evil without end. Let us also remember that it could so easily happen again unless we dispense with the tribal mentality that served us well when we lived in caves and and angry decision resulted in a spear in someones chest, but not so well now that an angry pushing of the buttons would result in the extinguishing of everything that our species has been achieved in the last ten thousand years.

  15. Kid says:

    Why do former Soviet heroes and heroines always have so many medals pinned on them?

  16. al-muell says:

    Runov got the HSU title, but it’s not that impressive, untill You read what he got it for:
    http://www.warheroes.ru/hero/hero.asp?Hero_id=626

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