Toy Soldiers

Collection with 28 media items created by Sarah Blesener

Russia 01 Aug 2016 00:00

Patriotic Education in Russia

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Awaiting Competition
Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
14 Dec 2016

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18.

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Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
30 Jul 2016

"Orthodox Warrior" camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimate for Orthodox Christians in Russia, 31 July, 2016. The relics of one of the most revered saints, St. Seraphim, is celebrated on the 1 of August, attracting pilgrims from all across the country. The partcipants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith. Various competitions are held throughout the week, including Cossack dagger training and military tactical training. Attendees come from all across Russia, including regions like Stavropol.

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
25 Jul 2016

A unit dresses to re-enact Soviet Russia during WWII as part of their historical education at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 26 July 2016. The camp offers reenactments of historical periods of war. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. The project statement of the camp says: "To awaken in the younger generation a keen interest in the history of the Fatherland, the glorious deeds of our ancestors, to facilitate the expansion of military-historical knowledge."

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
27 Jul 2016

Students train horse-back riding at the Historical War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 28 July 2016. The project statement of the camp says: "To awaken in the younger generation a keen interest in the history of the Fatherland, the glorious deeds of our ancestors, to facilitate the expansion of military-historical knowledge."

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Baklashkin
Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
05 Apr 2016

Artyom Baklashkin (17), a student of the local secondary school in the village of Diveevo, stands guard in an abandoned building with a group known as the "Survivalists", 6 Apr 2016, Russia. Survivalists train young adults to survive future wars and post-apocalyptic life and meet weekly for tactical drills. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition.

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Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
14 Dec 2016

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18.

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
28 Jul 2016

A fake grenade is launched, setting smoke in the atmosphere as students practice a drill with air-soft guns at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 29 July 2016. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 16, and lasts throughout the summer.

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Students at the Historical War Camp
Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
24 Jul 2016

Students dressed in traditional hats and shirts of the Russian air-force pose for a portrait during a firearm drill at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 25 July 2016. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Dmitrov, Moskovskaya Oblast'
By Sarah Blesener
04 Apr 2016

A class is in session at School #7, 05 Apr 2016, Dmitrov, Russia. School #7 is a public school but offers cadet classes for those who wish to participate. The benefit of participating in cadet classes includes free lunch, while other students have to pay.

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Legacies
Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
03 Apr 2016

A wall is decorated with legacies from Russian history, starting with Vladimir Putin on the far left, 4 Apr 2016, School #7, Dmitrov, Russia.

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Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
03 Apr 2016

As part of a cadet course, students stand ready as a teacher observes how quickly they can dress in gas masks, 4 Apr 2016, School #7, Dmitrov, Russia.

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Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
13 Dec 2016

Students compete at the "Inspection of Singing and Marching" competition at the gymnasium of School #6 for students in the Dmitrov region, a suburb of Moscow, Dmitrov, Russia, 14 Dec 2016.

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Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
13 Dec 2016

Students compete at the "Inspection of Singing and Marching" competition at the gymnasium of School #6 for students in the Dmitrov region, a suburb of Moscow, Dmitrov, Russia, 14 Dec 2016.

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Performance at School #18
Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
14 Dec 2016

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18.

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Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
01 Aug 2016

Priests arrive to prepare food at the "Orthodox Warrior" which camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians in Russia, 2 August 2016. The relics of one of the most revered saints, St. Seraphim, are celebrated on the 1 of August, attracting pilgrims from all across the country. The participants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith. Various competitions are held throughout the week, including Cossack dagger training and military tactical training.

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Dima
Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
30 Jul 2016

Dmitri (Dima) Antonets (17) escapes the heat during an afternoon off at the lake. 31 July 2016, Diveevo, Russia. He wears a Russian Orthodox cross for safety during his travels from Stavropol to Diveevo. "Orthodox Warrior" camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians in Russia. The participants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith.

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Orthodox Warrior Students
Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
01 Aug 2016

A group from Stavropol escapes the heat at a lake in Diveevo during an afternoon off. 2 August 2016. "Orthodox Warrior" camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians in Russia. The relics of one of the most revered saints, St. Seraphim, are celebrated on the 1 of August, attracting pilgrims from all across the country. The participants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith.

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
25 Jul 2016

Nastya Gobritskaya (L, 15) from Moscow and Alina Klikova (R, 16) from Medin at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 26 July 2016. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 17, and lasts throughout the summer. Students learn a variety of skills from tactical training in handguns, loading and unloading automatic guns, physical endurance, knife throwing, and others. The project statement of the camp says: "To awaken in the younger generation a keen interest in the history of the Fatherland, the glorious deeds of our ancestors, to facilitate the expansion of military-historical knowledge."

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Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
31 Jul 2016

Dmitri Tanaga (16) during a drill in the forest with his teamp from Stavropol, 1 August 2016, Diveevo, Russia. The group is practicing for an upcoming "fake war" between groups at "Orthodox Warrior" camp. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competitions. Various competitions are held throughout the week, including Cossack dagger training and military tactical training.

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
23 Jul 2016

Students train in firearms at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 24 July 2016. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 16. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition. The camp teaches information about the basic kinds of weapons, bases and firing rules, sniper rifles, and different type of weapons.

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Stavropol Students
Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
02 Aug 2016

Students from Stavropol rest in their tent before sleeping at camp, 3 August 2016, Diveevo, Russia. "Orthodox Warrior" camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians in Russia. The participants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith. Various competitions are held throughout the week, including Cossack dagger training and military tactical training.

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Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
03 Aug 2016

A group of students dance to traditional Cossack music during the evening at "Orthodox Warrior" camp, 4 August 2016, Diveevo, Russia. The participants of the camp train not only in martial arts and tactical training, but unite under their Orthodox faith.

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War Films at Borodino
Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
25 Jul 2016

Students escape the heat and watch war films at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 26 July 2016. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
03 Apr 2016

Dmitrov, 4 Apr 2016, located 65 kilometers to the north of Moscow on the Yakhroma River, Russia.

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Orthodox Warrior Drills
Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
30 Jul 2016

Igor Fast (14) from Stavropol practices shooting before the start of "Orthodox Warrior" camp. 31 July 2016. They are using air-soft guns for practice and competitions. "Orthodox Warrior" camp takes place in Diveevo, the center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians in Russia. The relics of one of the most revered saints, St. Seraphim, are celebrated on the 1 of August, attracting pilgrims from all across the country.

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Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
05 Aug 2016

Boris Vasilivitch (L) and Gleb Metlin (R, 6) from Stavropol wait for the day to begin a twelve-hour drill in the forests surrounding Diveevo, Russia. 6 August 2016. The drill splits up members of the camp, giving them only a map of the forests and a day to find checkpoints in a competition with other groups. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition.

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Borodino, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
25 Jul 2016

A unit dresses to re-enact Soviet Russia during WWII as part of their historical education at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 26 July 2016. The camp offers reenactments of historical periods of war. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 16.

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Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast
By Sarah Blesener
03 Apr 2016

Schoolchildren line up for drill on a Monday afternoon at School #7, 4 Apr 2016, Dmitrov, Russia. Drill is not mandatory at School #7. School #7 is a public school but offers cadet classes for those who wish to participate. The benefit of participating in cadet classes includes free lunch, while other students have to pay.