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    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
    • The Great Patriotic War: A Day of Grief and Remembrance in Russia
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    On the Day of Memory and Grief, thousands of volunteers from all over the country organized the ‘Memory Candle’, a nation-wide campaign in honor of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War.

    On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler sent four million troops to invade the USSR as part of Operation Barbarossa; the ensuing struggle would be the bloodiest conflict in history. Now, this date is observed as the Day of Memory and Grief in Russia. On Thursday, people from more than 80 countries gathered to commemorate the millions who lost their lives.

    Take a look into the past with Sputnik's photo gallery to find out what happened in the first days of the Great Patriotic War and see how people observe memorial events to honor those who lost their lives.

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