Fatherland day: 100 years since Red Army was founded

Although, 100 years later, it is no longer known as the 'Red Army', the Russian military has re-emerged as a counterpoint to the US and NATO.

by

    Russia's held its annual holiday on February 23 honouring its armed forces and, this year, the centenary of the Red Army.

    Following years of decline after the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia found itself facing old opponents as Western alliances like NATO increasingly pushed eastward, and Russia's military's been transformed in recent years after a huge investment and is again regarded as a powerful force.

    Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from Moscow.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.