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Reino Paananen asks: I am an American of mixed English and Finnish heritage. My grandmother Wilhelminna Kauppinen and grandfather Johan Paananen emigrated to America at the turn of the 20th Century from Finland which was then a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. I was told that Karelia was part of Finland but later ceded to Russia in the Winter War of 1944. Is this a true fact?
Expert's answer:
The part of Karelia along with several other territories were ceded by the USSR as a result of this war. Here is the map of Finnish areas ceded in 1940. Also the following article about Winter War may be interesting to you.
Lars asks: What day will the reenactment of the battle Borodino take place?
Expert's answer:
The reenactment of Borodino battle will take place September 7, 2012 - the day of 200th anniversary of the battle.
yomama asks: When was the flag made?
Expert's answer:
I have found the following article about the history of Russian flag. The info is on Russian but you can translate it by using the following service.
Mark asks: We adopted two children from Stavropol in 2008. We have been showing them photos and items from Stavropol. We want to explain to them the images on the coat of arms, but we cannot find any explanation for them. Can you explain the images on the coat of arms? Thank You
Expert's answer:
I have found the following article describing the history of Stavropol coat of arms and the meanings the present day coat of arms has. The information is on Russian but you can translate the page by using the following service.
rob asks: How old is the Kremlin?
Expert's answer:
The most part of the Kremlin we can see today was constructed in the second half of 15th century.
Valentins Ranetkins asks: How much structural damage was done to Pskov during the Soviet bombardment of 1943. Was the bombardement ordered by Stalin to destroy the Nazi forces or as punishment to Pskov people?
Expert's answer:
The bombardment happened on June 22, 1943 as the "gift" to Germans to the anniversary of the German attack on USSR on June 22, 1941. The destructions in the city were minimal. Pskov city suffered main damage because of the bombardments of 1944, the year when the city was liberated.
maimu asks: I know that Tyumenskaya oblast is large, how I can get info about the people who have been sent there years ago?
Expert's answer:
I think you can try to contact the non-government organization "Memorial" that helps people to find their relatives lost during wars, repressions. Here is the contact email and the official site (on Russian).

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