Several years ago, after the release of a computer game "Stalker", a new movement appeared among Russian youths. The so-called stalkers are mainly 14-20-year-old students who are fond of drinking cheap stuff like "Jaguar" in various abandoned, secret or simply unusual places. As the fans of the previously mentioned game, stalkers do not forget to create the appropriate atmosphere - they put on camouflage, take
portable radio transmitters, gas masks, guns and a lot of other junk with themselves. As a general rule, the lion's share of equipment isn't bought but stolen from unguarded shelters and warehouses. They call the stolen things "swag" (like in the game). So everything that is not bolted to the floor and does not exceed the lifting capabilities of a schoolboy is called in this way.
The main military parade in honor of the 66th anniversary of the Great Victory is always held in Moscow, on Red Square. Two days ago there was its first rehearsal in which about 20.000 soldiers and officers took part. The "Tiger" cars, "BTR-80" APC, "T-90" tanks, "Msta-S" self-propelled howitzers, "Topol-M" ballistic missiles, eight
launchers of an anti-aircraft weapon system "S-400 Triumph", eight of the newest anti-aircraft missile and gun systems "Pantsir-S1", "Tornado" multiple launch rocket systems, "Buk-M2" anti-aircraft missile systems and some other best models of Russian military equipment proceeded down Red Square that day.
The war between the USSR and Finland in 1939-1940 lasted only for 105 days. But both sides had great losses: several divisions disappeared for ever, thousands of people were taken prisoners or just became mad from such unbearable lives. The difficulty consisted in
the fact that it was the stern winter and many Russian soldiers had to wear only blouses. But they continued to fight because Stalin said: " There are no such fortresses that communists could not capture!" Here are postcards from those times.