The Museum of the Great Patriotic War is located in Kiev, Ukraine. It's a huge memorial complex covering the area of 10 hectares. Today we're going to visit its main part - the museum building located at the base of
the famous Motherland monument. The entrance fee is 1 euro, plus 2 euros for getting a permission to take photographs. But it's really worth it as all the exhibits are rare and perfectly preserved.
From ancient times every Russian town had its own kremlin that protected it from enemies. A kremlin was considered to be a center of all settlement. Firstly kremlins were wooden then stone and refractory with impregnable towels and moats. Nowadays Russia has about 20 such historic and cultural
buildings that are not just military fortresses but also great architectural complexes with temples, palaces and halls. Practically everybody knows about the famous Moscow Kremlin and only few know about the second kremlin in Moscow, that is called the Izmailovo Kremlin.
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.