But there is another story - of mass rapes by Soviet soldiers of German women in the dying days of the war. Dusk is falling in Treptower Park on the outskirts of Berlin and I am looking up at a statue dramatically outlined against a lilac sky. Twelve metres 40ft high, it depicts a Soviet soldier grasping a sword in one hand and a small German girl in the other, and stamping on a broken swastika. This is the final resting place for 5, of the 80, Soviet troops who fell in the Battle of Berlin between 16 April and 2 May The colossal proportions of the monument reflect the scale of the sacrifice.
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Russians have expressed increasingly positive opinions about the Soviet Union over the years, with nostalgia toward the U. Only a small portion of those surveyed said they had negative associations with the Soviet Union. Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya told the Vedomosti business daily that while Russians tend to view the Soviet era in a mostly positive light, their personal memories of that time have largely been replaced by a general image of social stability, confidence in the future and a good life during that time. According to Pipiya, nostalgia for the Soviet Union is more common among older generations, but it exists among younger people as well.
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