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Napoleonic Soldiers Get Burial

Published: November 7, 2012 (Issue # 1734)


MINSK, Belarus Belarus held a burial ceremony Friday for 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle in 1812 against the Russian army.

Tens of thousands of French troops died in November 1812 when the Russians attacked French emperor Napoleon Bonapartes army as it fled across the Berezina River on a retreat from Moscow.

The devastating defeat eventually led to the 1814 Russian takeover of Paris and Bonapartes exile. Since then, the word Berezina means a complete disaster in French.

The remains were excavated by a Belarusian Defense Ministry unit that searches for soldiers remains. They were buried Friday at a cemetery in the village of Studenka, 100 kilometers east of Minsk, in a ceremony attended by French Ambassador Michel Raineri.

Belarusian authorities in previous years have buried hundreds of remains of Napoleonic soldiers found in the same area.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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