13 August 1920. The Battle of Warsaw of the Polish-Soviet War begins and end with the defeat of the Red Army under Tukhachevsky against Józef Piłsudski

13 August The Battle of Warsaw of the Polish-Soviet War begins and end with the defeat of the Red Army under Tukhachevsky against Józef Piłsudski

14 August 1975. Composer Dmitri Shostakovichis buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery

14 August Composer Dmitri Shostakovichis buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery

5 August 1941. The Battle of Smolensk ends with Germany taking 300,000 Red Army soldiers as prisoners

5 August The Battle of Smolensk ends with Germany taking Red Army soldiers as prisoners

12 August 2000. The Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk (K-141) explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea with all the 118 sailors on board

12 August The Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea with all the 118 sailors on board

21 August 1940. Leon Trotsky dies of an assassination attempt made with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader

21 August Leon Trotsky dies of an assassination attempt made with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader

23 August 1939. Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact is signed by Molotov and Ribbentrop

23 August Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact is signed by Molotov and Ribbentrop

4 August 1975. Ipatev House is demolished by orders of the Politburo

4 August Ipatev House is demolished by orders of the Politburo

7 August 2008. Russo-Georgian War begins in the outskirts of the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali

7 August Russo-Georgian War begins in the outskirts of the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali

10 August 1904. Battle of the Yellow Sea takes place near Port Arthur between the Russian and the Japanese navies

10 August Battle of the Yellow Sea takes place near Port Arthur between the Russian and the Japanese navies

17 August 2012. Members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot are sentenced to two years in prison for a protest against Putin at the cathedral

After nearly two years behind bars, Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will be freed from prison three months early.

20 August 1968. Soviet and the Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia and crush the Prague Spring

20 August Soviet and the Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia and crush the Prague Spring

1 August 1946. Russian POWs that had collaborated with the Nazis in the Russian Liberation Army are executed for treason

1 August Russian POWs that had collaborated with the Nazis in the Russian Liberation Army are executed for treason

2 August 1377. Drunken Russian forces are slaughtered by the Blue Horde Khan Arapsha in the Battle on Pyana River

2 August Drunken Russian forces are slaughtered by the Blue Horde Khan Arapsha in the Battle on Pyana River

3 August 2008. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dies

3 August 2008. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dies

6 August 1845. The Russian Geographical Society is Founded

6 August The Russian Geographical Society is Founded

8 August 1953. Soviet Premiere Georgi Malenkov announces that Soviet Union has successfully tested the Hydrogen Bomb

8 August Soviet Premiere Georgi Malenkov announces that Soviet Union has successfully tested the Hydrogen Bomb

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