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For the Kremlin, the memory of World War II is fodder for a national myth of military glory and sacrifice. But for ordinary Russians, the story is more complex. Izabella Tabarovsky, Maxim Trudolyubov, and Masha Lipman delve into the myths and explore stories that never became part of the national narrative.

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