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Rossiya Segodnya Launches 1917 Revolution Project to Unite Society

© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankRossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev at the exhibition of Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest finalists' works at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow
Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev at the exhibition of Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest finalists' works at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow - Sputnik International
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The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency launches a new project aimed at telling people about revolutionaries from a new perspective.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "The Great Russian Revolution," a special informational project introduced by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency which aims to show key figures from the 1917 Revolution in a new light, is meant to reconcile Russian society through stories of the history of that time, the agency’s Director General Dmitry Kiselev said on Thursday.

The project tells the tales of major revolutionaries, as well as literary figures, and other people of importance to Russian history. It has already published several articles about Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, writer Maxim Gorky, revolutionary and Marxist theoretician Georgi Plekhanov, among others.

"The goal of our project is to cure, to reconcile [the people]. With the project, we are trying to evoke good feelings, and not to deepen the split that appeared 100 years ago," Kiselev said.

Lev Trotsky, a prominent politician (1879-1840). (File) - Sputnik International
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Kiselev added that "anyone can look at the revolutionaries from a new perspective … understand the motives [behind], and instruments used by these people."

According to Kiselev, the project attempts to depict these revolutionaries "not as the people that played a disruptive role in the Russian Empire, and not as the saviors that may have failed, but as the people who dreamed to contribute for the best of Russia and the civilization."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In February-March 1917, the Russian Empire collapsed as Emperor Nicholas II abdicated. The provisional government that replaced the old one was overthrown in October the same year.

© Sputnik / Go to the photo bankSoldiers of the 1917 February Revolution. Petrograd streets. (File)
Soldiers of the 1917 February Revolution. Petrograd streets. (File) - Sputnik International
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Soldiers of the 1917 February Revolution. Petrograd streets. (File)
© SputnikRevolutionary soldiers in Moscow. (File)
Revolutionary soldiers in Moscow. (File) - Sputnik International
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Revolutionary soldiers in Moscow. (File)
© Sputnik / Kharlampiev / Go to the photo bankAscent to Elbrus, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. (File)
Ascent to Elbrus, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. (File) - Sputnik International
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Ascent to Elbrus, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. (File)
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Soldiers of the 1917 February Revolution. Petrograd streets. (File)
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Revolutionary soldiers in Moscow. (File)
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Ascent to Elbrus, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. (File)

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