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February 3, 2022, 09:02


Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ. View from the northeast. Author unknown. Lipetsk. 2000s (not earlier than 2003). Main Archive of Moscow

Pictures of the last century tell how the country lived, how cities and people’s habits have changed.

Last May Main archive and public service centers “My documents” launched the second stage of the campaign “Moscow – with concern for history” – “Moscow photo chronicle”. For eternal storage, they began to take not only military artifacts, but also photographs and films from family archives from the Soviet era until the 2000s. In total, more than 9,600 documents and items were collected within the two stages of the action. All of them, with the consent of the owners, are used in urban projects and at exhibitions.

“It is nice to see the interest of citizens in our joint campaign with public service centers. Thus, we have now accepted for eternal storage more than 9,600 wartime documents and objects and received a number of photographic films, the pictures from which reflect the life of the country in the past. For example, thanks to the pictures, you can find out where Soviet people liked to relax and how they liked to have fun, which countries and cities they visited, what clothes they wore, how holidays were celebrated. When there are enough photos, we will open access to them and place them in a separate section of the virtual museum “Moscow – with care for history”, – said the head of the Main Archive Department of the city of Moscow

Yaroslav Onopenko.

Among the new arrivals are photographs by Oksana Krylova. She donated her photographic films with 83 photographs taken in the 1970s and early 2000s to the Main Archive. Basically, these are shots from trips to Leningrad, Jurmala, Gelendzhik, Essentuki, Lipetsk, Berlin (during the German Democratic Republic) and London. For example, in Lipetsk, Oksana Krylova removed the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, an obelisk to Emperor Peter I and fragments of a monument in honor of the exploits of warrior pilots on Pilot Square.

These pictures are of interest to historians, since over the past years the architecture of cities has changed, there have been changes in the geopolitical situation – the GDR and the USSR have disappeared from the political map of the world. It is no longer easy to print photographs from films, but in the archive they will receive a second life on a city scale. They can be used in publications and at exhibitions of the My Documents centers.

To send your materials to the archive, you need to come to any public services center with a passport and documents that you plan to give for eternal storage. In addition to film and photographic films, history accepts wartime artifacts: front-line photographs, letters, newspapers, household items and wardrobe.

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