Russian prisoners of war, captured by the Japanese, arrive in port. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1905

Russian prisoners of war going into exile after the Japanese victory in Talien, Manchuria. The Russians called the town Dalny and the Japanese renamed it Daisen. Original Publication: The Graphic - pub. 4th February 1905 (Photo by M Haynes/Getty Images)

A Russian soldier held captive in Germany. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1914

Russian prisoners of war play a game of cards during World War I. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1914

Russian prisoners of war in WWI. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). May 1915

Russian prisoners of war after defeat at Masurian Lakes in East Prussia. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1915

Russian prisoners of war captured by the Germans. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

Russian prisoners of war making roads. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

Russian prisoners being marched into German Headquarters. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

Russian and Austrian prisoners of war at the Swedish Frontier during World War I. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). January 1916

Russian prisoners being moved for transportation. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

An Austrian general interrogating Russian prisoners at Ivanfoord. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

A group of Russian prisoners behind the lines in WWI. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1916

Grand Duke Michael of Russia (1861–1929) distributes cigarettes to Russian prisoners at Buckingham Palace, London during World War I. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). June 1916

Russian prisoners of war at a prisoners' camp in Troitsa on the Murmansk-Archangel Front during the allied intervention in Russia. J W Lane Collection. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1919

Russian prisoners of war leave England on the SS Dongola after the Allied intervention in Russia of 1918-1919. (Photo by Gill/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 1st October 1920

Bolshevik soldiers who have been taken prisoners by the Finns gather together for a meal. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1939

Two Russian prisoners eating their rations in a Finnish POW camp behind the lines. The Finns claimed their biggest victory against the Russians when they destroyed the 163rd Russian Division, numbering 18,000 men. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). Circa 1940

A Finnish soldier stands guard as Russian prisoners walk past during their daily exercise in the grounds of a prison camp in northern Finland. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1940

A Soviet lieutenant captured by Finnish soldiers during World War II. He had torn off his officer insignia, thinking that he would be treated better as an ordinary soldier. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). January 1940

Russian prisoners of war smoking in a Finnish prison camp. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1940

Lines of Soviet prisoners of war marching towards a prison camp. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1941

Hundreds of Soviet prisoners being marched to an internment camp by their German guards during World War II. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1941

Japanese soldiers guard Mongolian and Russian prisoners near Komchan. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1941

A Russian prisoner of war struggles to revive his collapsed comrade as their German captors look on. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 21st November 1941

Heinrich Himmler, front center in glasses, Reichsfuhrer-SS, head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, Minister of the Interior from 1943 to 1945, inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in this undated file photo from 1940-41 in Russia. Himmler was the organizer of the mass murder of Jews in the Third Reich. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers).

Russian prisoners captured by the Nazis on their way to be shot in retaliation for their 'scorched earth' policy, which deprived the Germans of food. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1942

Nazis in a trench look on as eight Russian prisoners of war are moved to the rear of the German lines. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1942

A Russian prisoner of war, shot whilst trying to escape from a German prison camp. Nazis left his body on view as a warning to others. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1943

Canadian soldiers of a field hygiene section de-louse Russian POWs who have been released by advancing Canadians after two years imprisonment near the town of Friescythe. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1945

Russian prisoners of war in a German prison camp. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1944

Russian inmates crowded round the gates at Wobbelin Concentation Camp. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). April 1945

Jubliant Russian prisoners of war lifting up an American soldier after the US 9th Army liberated them from their camp at Eselheide, Germany. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). 9th April 1945

Stalag 326 prisoner of war camp in Germany, where 30,000 Russian prisoners of war died. Nine thousand were still alive when it was liberated by the US 9th army. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 9th April 1945

In the centre with hands on his hips, General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander looks at the piles of bodies belonging to Russian and Polish prisoners shot by the Germans in a camp at Ohrdruf, Germany. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 12th April 1945

A Russian slave labourer, amongst prisoners liberated by the US Armoured Division of the 1st US army, points at a former Nazi guard who brutally beat prisoners. (Photo by Harold M Roberts/Getty Images). 1945

A blindfolded Russian prisoner in the hands of Israeli troops during Israel's advance into Syria in the Six Day War. (Photo by Stan Meagher/Getty Images). 1967
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