Marina Koutchinskaya(l) and Olga Ivshina (r) look for the remains of Russia’s
missing-in-action World War II soldiers.|
Digging for their lives: Russia’s volunteer body hunters. By Lucy Ash. BBC News, January 12, 2014.
Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front – and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers' remains, determined to give them a proper burial – and a name.
Olga Ivshina walks slowly and carefully through the pine trees, the beeps of her metal detector punctuating the quiet of the forest. “They are not buried very deep,” she says.