30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

In this undated photo, Soviet paratroopers take part in fighting in Afghanistan. When the Soviet Union completed its troops withdrawal from Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 1989, it was widely hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire, but public perceptions have changed and many Russians now see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavor. (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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