Images of The Death of Russia


An S-300 launcher of the Petrograd government.

Various Russian small arms being sold in a roadside black market. After the largest country on earth splintered into what was the deadliest civil war in world history with global implications, various small arms are found being casually sold in the Russian survivor states. Millions more ended up in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and even South America.

Tsar Boris Rurikid, from the video game “Leagacy of Azeroth”. The last living Tsar of the Novorodian Empire, Boris was a reformer who tried to improve the lives of alll peoples within his empire, granting greater autonomy to the Quel’dorei, lifting several racist laws that kept the Worgen in poverty unless they worshipped The Light, and even allowing Trolls to live in the Empire without persecution. Sadly, these reforms were deeply unpopular with the Nobility, and many called for him to step down and allow a new, more traditional Tsar to rule. It would all be rendered moot when Barashov returned from Northrend, however. Tsar Boris would be slain when the Winter Palace was stormed by the Lich Kings armies, and Barashov would personally execute Boris in front of a crowd of jeering Undead. Metzen and Borokov have both confirmed that Boris is an combination of Czar Alexander II, Gorbachov, and Boris Yeltsin.

Grigori Makarov, the Grand Necromancer of the Scourge. Once a humble priest in the small village of Kolonov, one of Novorod’s colonies in Northrend, Makarov would lose his faith after his wife and son were slain by Vrykul raiders. Desperate to find a way to bring them back, he would begin studying forbidden magics, which caught the attention of Gul’dan. Appearing to him as a vision of his son, he helped guide Makarov to his fortress in Icecrown. There he offered to teach Makarov all he knew about necromancy if, in exchange, he would help Gul’dan lure Barashov to his doom. Makarov, his sanity in tatters from both his grief over the death of his family and his trip to Icecrown, accepted. When Barashov arrived Makarov served as his guide, leading him on the same trail to Gul’dan.

Screenshot from the game that would spark the Azeroth Franchise into new life: Battle for Azeroth III. Released July 3rd, 2003, BfA III would introduce fans to the world, the people and set the stage for an adventure that would last well into the 2020s. A sequel to the first two BfA games, released back in the 1990s, it would tell the story of how Barashov would fall into evil, and how the world of Azeroth would rise up to fight against him. Pictured here is a base belonging to the Horde (Orcs, Goblins, Quillboar and Satyrs).
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Since this TL won an award, I'm going to contribute three more photos.
Congratulations to @Sorairo for the well-deserved award!

Remaining Russian (previously Soviet) troops prepare to leave Germany for Kaliningrad Oblast.

A supporter of the Far Eastern Republic holds the Gonfalon (Jesus face) flag during a rally in Washington, D.C. condemning the North Korean Invasion of the Far East, 1995.

PLA border guards patrolling the border between Xinjiang, former Russia, and Central Asia.
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The Red Banner and the Imperial Tricolour, the flags of the Russian Soviet Republic and the Republic of the Russians (1994-1996) respectively. Both totalitarian factions of the Second Russian Civil War utilized the symbolism of previous regimes (Soviet Union/Russian Empire) to represent themselves as their “rightful” successors in carrying out numerous atrocities during the conflict such as the extermination of non-Russian minorities and rape. Additionally, the Imperial Tricolour was also the flag of the National Salvation Front’s Russia from 1993 to 1994 and the ultranationalist Black Hundreds of the Imperial era.

After the Second Russian Civil War, the Red Banner and the Imperial Tricolour were recognized as symbols of hatred and violence. Because of this, both flags would be banned in the former Eastern Bloc, almost every ex-Soviet republic (except Georgia) and some countries in Europe along with other Russian Communist and Fascist symbols such as the Hammer and Sickle or the 1858 Imperial Eagle particularly the Russian Federation, Siberia and the Far East. Even Russian monarchists including the Romanov dynasty have distanced themselves from the black-yellow-white Imperial Tricolour in favor of the white-blue-red variant adopted by Peter the Great in 1696. It is also a criminal offense to display both flags and other such symbols outside of historical or educational contexts similar to the Nazi swastika and most related symbols in Germany and other European nations. To this day, both flags as well as Russian Fascist and Communist symbols are used by far-right and far-left groups in North America, Australia, New Zealand and specific countries in Europe where they are not banned. Within Russia, Siberia and the Far East, local extremists use lesser-known historical symbols such as the 1742 Russian Imperial Standard, the red-and-blue variant of the St. Andrew’s Flag or the 1917 flag of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to get around the bans though their usage isn’t entirely uncommon elsewhere.


Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city with a population of 600,000 as of the 2020 census. This is part due to the sheer luck that no nuclear missile hit the city during 4/10. Many feared the state’s largest city would be a target or at least the nearby Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport would be but they were immensely lucky. The city has since remained the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies and after the flight from New York, several major banks would set up shop in Minneapolis. It also boasts a 12-mile long (110 blocks) skyway, a series of elevated buildings covering interconnected pedestrian walk paths that are heated and air-conditioned depending on the season. The city will soon have a new series of buildings that surpass the mighty IDS Tower. Recently, the city had a major scandal when decorated Police Officer Bryce Bergstrom was arrested for having ties to the Japanese Yakuza at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Once again, this has put the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) under federal scrutiny though some view this scrutiny as being politically motivated by the current administration due to Mayor Kate Knuth (DFL-MN) recently being highly critical of President Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his “tough-on-crime” policies.

Prefabricated home being built in Canada, former Halifax region.


Underground home in western Canada, location hidden at owner's request. Several of these homes have become popular in the Western provinces since the events of 4-10.


Indoor farm, Texas Indoor or "warehouse farming" has become popular in both the USA and Europe as a means of protecting crops from lingering radiation in the atmosphere. Some of the largest can cover several acres.
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Scenes of Los Angeles experiencing another riot following the 4/10 due to hysteria caused by incoming nuclear weapons heading toward the United States as people quickly rushed to gather food and supplies which resulted in violent confrontation and mass looting among the panicked people that led to scores of deaths and arrests by police and National Guard units in the following weeks. Some gang members stepped in to calm people down when they began to take up measures in protecting businesses like the ones such as Korean-Americans have done in the 1992 riots while preventing them from engaging in acts of looting.

In the ensuing aftermath, some rappers like Ice-T, Coolio, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg have released albums related to the 4/10 riots.

One of the last photos taken by an escaped photojournalist in the Komi Republic before 4/10.