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    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
    • Defenders of the Fatherland: Celebrating Russia's Military Might
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    On February 17, 1918 the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in St. Petersburg (then known as Petrograd) and Moscow.

    The annual Defender of the Fatherland Day is observed in Russia on February 23.

    While often regarded as a celebration of men in general and sometimes referred to as Men's Day, officially this holiday celebrates the people who serve or have served in the Russian Armed Forces — the eponymous defenders of the fatherland.

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