A new film showing Red Army soldiers outnumbered by invading Germans but battling on heroically has become part of the Kremlin's campaign to restore Russian pride.
Putin backs WW2 myth in new Russian film
State television showed Russian President Vladimir Putin watching the film last week, alongside Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in the Central Asian leader's capital Astana.
The clear message was that Russia and Kazakhstan are maintaining Soviet-era bonds of friendship, despite tensions in other parts of the former USSR. But the film itself — Panfilov's 28 Men — is based on a communist myth.
The film depicts an heroic act of self-sacrifice outside Leningrad — now St Petersburg — in November 1941.
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