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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:
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.
Lars asks: What day will the reenactment of the battle Borodino take place?
Expert's answer:
The reenactment of the Borodino Battle will take place on September 7, 2012 - the day of the 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 the Russian flag.
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 about the history of the coat of arms of Stavropol. You can use this service to translate the page.
rob asks: How old is the Kremlin?
Expert's answer:
Most of the Moscow Kremlin that we can see today was constructed in the second half of the 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 was carried out on June 22, 1943 as a "gift" to the Germans on the anniversary of their attack on the USSR on June 22, 1941. The destruction in the city was minimal. Pskov was severely damaged because of the bombardments in 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.

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