A picture taken on October 9, 2017 shows 100-year old Maria Ryabtseva speaking during an AFP interview in her apartment in Saint Petersburg. AFP / Marina KORENEVA
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Maria Ryabtseva was just a baby when the 1917 October Revolution broke out. Since then the former nurse has lived through extraordinary events from the USSR's birth and death to the dominance of President Vladimir Putin. Born on June 14, 1917, in northern Moscow, Ryabtseva witnessed the Civil War between the Bolsheviks and the "Whites" who opposed the revolution, and World War II, during which two of her four children died. During World War II, in which more than 20 million Soviet citizens died, Ryabtseva worked as a nurse in a hospital in Rostov Veliky around 200 kilometers north of Moscow.The arrival of Putin, who became prime minister in 1999, has considerably improved her daily life, says Ryabtseva, who has been a widow for more than 40 years.
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