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Borodino (bərədyĭnôˈ) [key], village, central European Russia, c.70 mi (110 km) W of Moscow. It was the site, on Sept. 7, 1812, of a battle between Napoleon's Grande Armée and Gen. Mikhail Kutuzov's Russian forces defending Moscow. The battle, which cost some 108,000 casualties, is described in Tolstoy's War and Peace. Napoleon entered Moscow on Sept. 14 after severely battering but not totally defeating the Russians.

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