Scene from Батальонъ / Battalion (2014)

Battalion / Батальонъ

Published: April 18, 2016

Russia, 1917, WWI. This is the story of the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death, formed by the Russian Provisional Government in late May of 1917. When the revolution takes place in Russia during the third year of WWI, the country faces a political crisis leading to the collapse of the Russian army. The Provisional Government makes an unprecedented decision to create a new women’s battalion, as propaganda to challenge men, even if by shaming them, to defend the Motherland. The women, though, serve beyond all expectations, setting an example of courage and self-sacrifice. Moved by the ideals of high honor and a deep faith in God, the women volunteers brave the chaos and anarchy of the Russian army, toxic gas attacks, and, in the night battle of July 9, prove that every one of them is not just a “war muse” but a true soldier worthy of the deepest respect, laying down their lives in the name of freedom and for their country. This Russian war drama was first released February 20, 2015.

Director: Dmitry Meskhiev
Starring: Maria Aronova, Maria Kozhevnikova, Irina Rakhmanova, Marat Basharov

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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