Online museum displays items from the Great Patriotic War period provided by Muscovites

May 9

On 6 May, the first online museum was launched by Moscow's Main Archive Directorate together with the My Documents government service centres. The virtual exhibition, which is called Moscow: Taking Care of History after the campaign of the same name, is on view at and features some 7,500 exhibits that tell the history of the Great Patriotic War and include documents and items of the war era provided by Moscow residents.

The Moscow: Taking Care of History campaign was launched one year ago. Since then, Muscovites have helped compile a unique collection of objects that truly tell us the history of Moscow's life in the Great Patriotic War. Some 7,500 documents and other war-era items served as the basis for creating a virtual museum, which is particularly relevant now, with restrictive measures in effect in the city: all those interested in learning more about the history can view this virtual exhibit at home," Deputy Moscow Mayor for Social Development Anastasia Rakova said.

Visitors will be able to see photographs, maps, documents and letters of the war era, as well as 3D scale models of medals and orders and various items of that period. They will also have an opportunity to see video footage filmed during the war, and to study animated schematic diagrams of battles and interactive maps.     

The online museum guests will be able to take a virtual journey starting from the defeats of the war's first days to the victorious events of May 1945, travelling through history day by day and month by month. They will also find out about the peaceful pre-war life before the great tragedy by seeing everyday items and commemorative photos from personal collections, and learn about unknown facts of the tough war times and the price paid for restoring the country and returning to peaceful life.

Letters from the front and memories were used to make videos with renowned Russian cultural figures who recreated the atmosphere of the Great Patriotic War events. The recollections were read by Vasily Lanovoy, Irina Kupchenko, Sergei Nikonenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Stanislav Duzhnikov, Boris Shcherbakov, Alyona Babenko, Yevgeny Gerasimov, Andrei Merzlikin, Zakhar Prilepin and Dmitry Mukhamadeyev.

A special themed section features documents from the archive of the Russian Federal Security Service's Directorate for Moscow and the Moscow Region, which have for the first time become available for public view.

Moscow has prepared an eventful programme to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Libraries and cultural centres invite visitors to view their expansive online programme, which will take place between 6 May and 15 May on their websites. 

The VDNKh exhibition centre has digitised archival materials dedicated to Victory Day and the Great Patriotic War. Moscow non-profit organisations have launched several online projects ahead of 9 May as well. These include an online film festival, A Meeting with Russia in a Cordial Moscow. Every day until 9 May, the website will show war films from the golden collection of the Russian State Film Fund. The programme also includes daily broadcasts of documentaries about our country's life, which are available at site. After watching ­the documentaries, viewers can discuss them with their directors.  


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