Magazine article Russian Life

One Hundred Years Ago

Magazine article Russian Life

One Hundred Years Ago

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There is a certain poignancy to these three photos taken in 1913, when one considers all of the earth-shattering, murderous events that lay just a year or four into the future.

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Many of the boys posing as members of the football (soccer) team of the New Torzhok Sport Circle (top) surely went off to war the following year. How many died in the trenches of Europe, or from disease and hunger? We can never know.

In 1912, the central Moscow Square known as Tverskaya was renamed Skobelevskaya, in honor of General Mikhail Skobelev, a hero of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, whose statue was placed at its center (middle photo). The large building is mostly the Hotel Dresden (which for some reason had its name removed when this photo was taken), long one of the capital's most prestigious and well-appointed hotels. The writers Turgenev, Nekrasov, Ostrovsky and Chekhav all stayed here, often for long periods, as did the composer Schumann and the painter Surikov. …

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