Mother Russia

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1914 Russian poster depicting the Triple EntenteBritannia (right) and Marianne (left) in the company of Mother Russia.

Mother Russia (Russian: Россия-Матушка, transliterated as Rossiya-Matushka) is a national personification of Russia, appearing in patriotic posters, statues etc. The usage of the term "mother" in reference to a nation or culture symbolizes the "spirit of collectivity".[1] In the former Soviet period, the term Rodina-Mat (Родина-Мать,"Mother-Homeland") was preferred, as it represented the multi-ethnic Soviet Union, and was especially used to commemorate the Great Patriotic War.


Many statues of the Motherland have been constructed, most to commemorate the Great Patriotic War. These include:

See also