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Potemkin villages

They say that…

In 1787, during the Tauride voyage of Catherine II, by decree of Prince Potemkin, “Potemkin villages” were built (painted houses and bell towers; sandbags instead of grain; “happy” peasants).

… but how really

“Of course, there was no plot with scenery instead of real villages,” says the director of the Hermitage, Mikhail Piotrovsky. “These plots were mainly invented by the Germans, who were not taken on a trip. to splurge. It was a kind of presentation of the future – she wanted to show how everything will be here. Or how it can be.”

“Motherland” No. 3, 2017

Soldier Arakcheev

They say that…

Contemporaries nicknamed Alexei Andreevich Arakcheev a “serpent”, a “cannibal” and a soulless martinet. And they considered him the embodiment of malice and cruelty.

…but how it really is:

The count was neat and hardworking. In his village Gruzino, Novgorod province, he showed incredible organizational skills. Ideal order reigned on the estate, children were taught to read and write for free and the peasants were treated. Arakcheev drew up and submitted to the emperor a project for the gradual abolition of serfdom – according to historians, more progressive than the one that was implemented in 1861.

“Motherland” No. 2, 2016

Panfilov Parade

They say that…

On November 7, 1941, the political instructor of the legendary Panfilov division, Vasily Klochkov, participated in a military parade on Red Square, from which he went into battle.

… but how really

On November 7, 1941, the 4th company of political instructor Klochkov defeated the headquarters of the German regiment in the village of Zhdanovo, 120 km from Moscow, and captured four “languages”. In the evening, division commander Ivan Panfilov, who arrived at the location of the unit, congratulated the fighters on the holiday.

“Motherland” No. 2, 2016

West-Creator

They say that…

All modern technical achievements used by Russians are born in the West.

… but how really

“Motherland” told about 20 Russian nugget inventors (actually there are many more of them), who wrote their names and discoveries into the history of civilization. Thanks to the Russians, the world learned about the TV and VCR, caterpillar tractor and combine harvester, color photography and electric tram, heart-lung machine and electric welding, frame beehive and light music…

“Rodina” No. 3, 2016

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