An exhibition entitled "Za drugi svoia" was opened in Moscow on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Liberation of BulgariaExhibition entitled " Za drugi svoia" was opened at the State Historical Museum in Moscow. Its name means "Sacrifice your life for a friend" dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Russian-Turkish War for the Liberation of Bulgaria 1877-1878. Among the exhibits are: the military uniform of Emperor Alexander II, the sword of General Skobelev, regimental flags and military awards of the heroes, weapons and uniforms.
The name of the exhibition " Za drugi svoia " can not be a better description of what had happened more than a hundred years ago. Russian soldiers have died for the good of another country. Bulgaria has been under Turkish slavery for almost five centuries. Russia, releasing it, has lost tens of thousands of soldiers.
The cruel suppression of the Christian uprisings in the Balkans was the reason for the start of the Liberation War. The main events that occurred during the war are the battle during the crossing of Danube river, the battle at the Shipka Pass and the siege of Pleven. During the suppression of the April Uprising, the Turks killed more than 30,000 innocent people. This sparked a broad response in Russia and launched a massive campaign to support the Balkan Slavs. The members of the imperial family - Alexander II and his sons also took part in the war.
The exhibition presents: weapons and uniforms, award silver tubes, documents, rare maps and military action plans, books, trophies, chest crosses, two icons donated to the Russian Emperor Alexander II in Bulgaria.
During the exhibition you can see pictures of famous artists: Vasily Vereshchagin, Pavel Kovalevskiy and Vasily Pollenov. They have accompanied the Russian army and have captured and sealed many battles.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia was built in memory of the Russian soldiers that died during the liberation of Bulgaria. It is the main Orthodox temple in Bulgaria, where worship is always honored by the Russian Emperor Alexander II and the Russian soldiers-liberators.
The exhibition " Za drugi svoia " will be held until September 4th.