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Absurdity of War, Good Relations Highlighted at Russian Chapel

Kranjska Gora, 27 July - The absurdity of war and the good relations between Slovenia and Russia were underscored at this year's traditional ceremony at the Russian Chapel, which is held for the Russian PWOs who died there while building a road over the Vršič mountain pass during WWI, the war whose 100th anniversary was in the focus of the event.

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Ceremony at the Russian Chapel, a memorial to hundreds of Russian PWOs who died while building a road to the Vršič mountain pass in the Julian Alps in 1916.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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Outgoing FM Karl Erjavec (right) and Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov at the memorial event at the Russian Chapel.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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Wreaths are being laid at the Russian Chapel, a memorial to hundreds of Russian PWOs who died while building a road to the Vršič mountain pass in the Julian Alps in 1916.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Kranjska Gora
Wreaths are being laid at the Russian Chapel, a memorial to hundreds of Russian PWOs who died while building a road to the Vršič mountain pass in the Julian Alps in 1916.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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Outgoing Slovenian Economic Development Minister Metod Dragonja addressing a memorial event at the Russian Chapel for hundreds of Russian PWOs who died while building a road to the Vršič mountain pass in the Julian Alps in 1916.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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Top Slovenian and Russian officials, including President Borut Pahor, attending a memorial event at the Russian Chapel for hundreds of Russian PWOs who died while building a road to the Vršič mountain pass in the Julian Alps in 1916.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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