It is the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed, ending the hostilities of World War I. Of course, you ask, why is a Russian talking about the end of World War I when the Russians left the war early?
Well, it is because I think it is important to remember. Most of my American comrades seem to disregard World War I as this European thing that is the precursor to World War II. While on the surface this might seem true, World War I had much more lasting effects around the world than most people realize. It is in my view perhaps even more important than the Great Patriotic War.