Three Colours of Truth. Russian Сivil Wаr

This large-scale historical documentary project at the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia is about the events that unfolded in the country from 1917 to 1922, and about the three main movements of the Civil War - the ‘Reds’, the ‘Whites’ and the ‘Green Movement’ of peasant rebels.

100 years later, we are able to take a fresh look at the civil conflict that swept through the country, and try to understand what the warring parties fought for and who supported them.

Civil wars are not the same as confrontations between countries. They do not have a clear front line and a unified strategy. Each side of the conflict exists as a centre of attraction, and during the Civil War, whole military units could change sides several times. 

For the participants of these movements, personal beliefs and ideals played a huge role. Every soldier and volunteer battled for the bright future of the Motherland, and fought for their own truth.

Orders, decrees, leaflets, posters, weapons, documents, photos and newsreels from that period represent the tragedy of the population of Russia that fell into the epicenter of the armed struggle of various political forces. Excerpts from the diaries of the participants, a revolver used to shoot the Royal family, fragments of memoirs, military uniforms, and flags - the exhibition has brought together many artifacts from museums and archives all over Russia.

The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia

Dates: May 30 - September 9, 2018
Address: 21Tverskaya Ulitsa.
Tickets: 250 RUB (students 100 RUB).

Opening hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: from 11.00am to 7.00pm, last admission 6.30pm;
Wednesday: from noon to 9.00pm, last admission 8.30pm;
Monday: closed.