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The book is about the competition of Russian Special Military Forces soldiers for the right to wear a maroon beret -- the sign of high level of training and fighting skills. The competition is held every spring not far from a Siberian city Novosibirsk and has been photographed since 2007.
Through my photographs I write my part of history – history of the time in which we live, history of people who are close to us. And every photo – a portrait, an event or a cityscape – is a thin slice of the present-day life about which later it will be able to say – yes, it was so.