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The Russian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, next to the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, is dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during what the Russians call the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Russia withdrew from the First World War before its end and pursued its own internal violent conflict, hence no reference to the First World War.

The tomb contains the remains of an unknown soldier killed in the battle for Moscow in 1941 and was initially buried in a mass grave from which the body was moved to its present location in December of 1966, the 25th anniversary of the battle.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was unveiled in May, 1967. The torch for the memorial's flame came from Leningrad, where it had been lit from the eternal flame at the Field of Mars.
The inscription ‘Your name is unknown, your deed is immortal.’



NOTE The Field of Mars was formerly a military parade ground named after the Roman god of war in St Petersburg. It was also the site where the Bolsheviks fought a bloody battle in 1917. A monument to the battle with its own eternal flame was erected and the field renamed to ‘Victims of the Revolution Square’.
Saint Petersburg previously known as Leningrad (1924–1991) and Petrograd (1914–1924)
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