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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
23 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Twenty-seven soviet fighter pilots, Thrice or Twice Heroes of the Soviet Union, had won from twenty-two to sixty-two battles each, destroying one thousand and forty-four enemy aircrafts in total (individually), plus one hundred and eighty-four enemy aircrafts in-group. Over eight hundred pilots won over sixteen battles each.

 
Monday, April 15, 2013
24 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

The legendary poster “Motherland Calls!” designed by Irakly Toidze saw light in June 1941. The artist admitted that the concept of a generic image of the Mother, urging her sons to stand up, came to him rather spontaneously

 
Sunday, April 14, 2013
25 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In 1972 Gorky Film Studio released the epic war feature movie entitled The Dawns Here Are Quiet (Russian: “А зори здесь тихие”) that was destined to become one of the most popular motion pictures not only in Russia, but also in all former USSR member states. Stanislav Rostotsky was the director; his idea was to create a screen version of a novel of the same name by Boris Vasilyev.

 
Saturday, April 13, 2013
26 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

One of the most prestigious Great Patriotic War decorations was the For the Defense of Moscow Medal. The Battle of Moscow is historically divided into two stages – the defensive and the offensive. This medal was conferred on those who took part in the defense part – October 19, 1941 – January 25, 1942. The medal was designed by N.I. Moskalyov, a famous soviet artist.

 
Friday, April 12, 2013
27 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Only three people came out of the Great Patriotic War as Thrice Heroes of the Soviet Union. We’ve already introduced you to Ivan Kozhedub and Aleksandr Pokryshkin, now it’s time to tell you about a no less outstanding personality of Semyon Budyonny.

 
Thursday, April 11, 2013
28 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Our Victory team has already introduced you to Ivan Kozhedub, the best soviet fighter pilot of the great Patriotic War. However it would be unfair not to pay homage to another no less prominent war hero – Aleksandr Pokryshkin, the first Thrice Hero of the Soviet Union.

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
29 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

We’d like to offer you a rare footage of the military parade of November 7, 1941. At that time Moscow was under siege, the enemy was in about 70-100 kilometers from the city. It was decided to hold a military parade of the Soviet troops in the Red Square to enhance the nation’s fighting spirit. The USSR leadership thought that to be an opportunity to declare to the world that Moscow was still standing and would continue to stand firmly

 
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
30 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Many truly heroic deeds were done in the years of the Great Patriotic War. Though the list of the Heroes of the Soviet Union is dominated by men, women were no less heroic fighting vigourously for peace and justice. Maria Smirnova, Guards major, Hero of the Soviet Union (1944).

 
Monday, April 08, 2013
31 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Just two years after the war the Secret Agent (Russian: Подвиг разведчика) movie was released by Kyiv Feature Films Studio, starring: Pavel Kadochnikov, Amvrosi Buchma, Viktor Dobrovolsky, and Dmitry Milutenko.

 
Sunday, April 07, 2013
32 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Military photographer Yevgeny Khaldei was born in Yuzovka (now Donetsk, Ukraine). He lost his mother and grandfather during a Jewish pogrom on March 13, 1918, when a bullet passed through his side and into his mother, killing her. He studied in a heder. Khaldei discovered his passion for photography while working in a factory. And at 13 he took his first photo with a self-made camera. By the age of eighteen (1939), Khaldei was working as a staff photographer at the TASS News Agency in Moscow

 
Saturday, April 06, 2013
33 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

A lot of songs were composed to commemorate the War. Mikhail Nozhkin’s Last Battle (Russian: “Последний бой”) remains one of the most famous. The song was written and performed during the shooting of the Liberation series (Russian: “Освобождение”) where Nozhkin played the part of an assault company commander. The first episode of the series was aired in 1969, the year when the country heard its would be people’s hymn for the first time.

 
Friday, April 05, 2013
34 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In 1956 the Immortal Garrison (Russian: «Бессмертный гарнизон») feature film hit the soviet cinemas to become the nation’s legendary motion picture, dedicated to the defenders of the Brest Fortress. The film is set on June 22 – July 20, 1941, portraying the nationwide patriotic surge in the dark times of the Nazi invasion, the self-sacrificial spirit of the soviet people, their unity in the face of the enemy.

 
Thursday, April 04, 2013
35 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Our Victory project team is happy to offer you unique footage about the first Victory Parade that took place after the triumphant return of the Soviet Army to Moscow. The documentary was shot on June 24, 1945, – the birthday of annual salutary military parades

 
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
36 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

It is common knowledge that the movie entitled Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (Russian: В бой идут одни старики, in Russian language “Old men” also means veteran soldier or experienced soldier) is not only based on real facts, but also written after the memories of the Maestro himself – Vitaly Popkov, the legendary fighter pilot, Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, whom Leonid Bykov, a young film director met at a dinner party.

 
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
37 days till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War was established in Moscow, 1995, becoming the central site of the memorial Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill. Museum’s exposition is destined to immortalize and honour the memory of the Soviet Army heroic deeds of 1941-1945

 
Monday, April 01, 2013
38 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In November 1941, Joseph Stalin decided to start shooting a documentary called "German Troops Defeat near Moscow". Two directors, i.e. Leonid Varlamov and Ilya Kopalin, were appointed, fifteen war camera operators, including R. Karmen and A. Krylov, participated in the production. The film was released on February 23, 1942, and later was awarded the Stalin Prize

 
Sunday, March 31, 2013
39 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

One of the two Fourfold Heroes of the Soviet Union was Georgy Zhukov, a soviet military commander, since 1943 - Marshal of the Soviet Union; played the key role in defeating Hitler’s hosts. Having earned Joseph Stalin’s absolute trust Zhukov defined the soviet military strategy on all levels.

 
Saturday, March 30, 2013
40 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Many Russian cities and towns torn by the war later saw the emergence of the Tombs of Unknown Soldier. The most famous of them was inaugurated in the Alexander Garden at the Moscow Kremlin walls on May 8, 1967, wherein the remains from a common grave at the 41st kilometer of Leningradskoye shosse had been reinterred.

 
Friday, March 29, 2013
41 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

We defeated the Nazi Germany because our people had fought valiantly, committing many a heroic deed. Many brave men that had demonstrated superhuman courage in the battlefield, on the ground and in the air, were given the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union. The most famous WWII ace airman was the unparalleled Ivan Kozhedub, air marshal, thrice Hero of the Soviet Union.

 
Thursday, March 28, 2013
42 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

20 years after the Great Patriotic War, on May 8, 1965 12 USSR cities were awarded the title of Hero-City. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War Victory the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union noted such cities and towns as Moscow, Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg), Stalingrad (Volgograd), Sevastopol, Kyiv, Odessa. Moreover, the Brest Fortress was accorded the title of Hero-Fortress.

 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
43 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

During wartime and postwar years many poems dedicated to the heroism of the Soviet soldiers defeating the Nazi Germany were published. Anna Akhmatova, a recognized classic of Russian poetry also composed many a chef d’oeuvre, widely known across the country in spite of the raging censorship relentlessly filtering her work.

 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
44 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

44 days are left till the 68th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War Day. Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre and Our Victory project team encourages you to remember the turning points of the Great Patriotic War, to pay homage to the fallen heroes, to ponder crucial related chronicles' chapters.

 
Monday, March 25, 2013
45 days left till the WWII Victory Day

On May 9, 2013 Russia will be celebrating 68-th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. A few years ago Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre team launched the Our Victory project, aiming at supporting, caring, and revering our dear veterans ever grateful for their courage and heroism in times of war. The project’s slogan is, “No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten”.

 
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Best regards of the day to Valentina Maksimovna Ostryanina!
Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre personnel is heartily congratulating Valentina Maksimovna Ostryanina with her birthday!
 
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