30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

In this undated photo, Soviet soldiers get fresh newspapers and mail while a convoy stoped somewhere 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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