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On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade, two exhibitions, united by this important historical date, opened in the Technopolis Polytech research building. Students and staff of the Polytechnic University prepared a photo exhibition “Unforgotten. What they fought for,” and the international media group “Russia Today” presented a large-scale project “Liberation. Way to victory”.

At the opening ceremony, the head of the administrative apparatus of the SPbPU rector, Vladimir Glukhov, drew the guests’ attention to the peculiarities of each of the expositions. Our students took staged photographs that reflect their view of military events. And the second exhibition features real events and people. These photographs were taken by professionals, photojournalists, they were censored and were not destroyed during verification. Many of you may not know that during the war it was forbidden to have cameras. It’s great that many of the photographs are dedicated to our city, many thanks to the Russian News Agency for their work.

The project is based on the unique photo archive of the SovInformBureau from 1944-1945, the copyright holder of which is the Rossiya Segodnya news agency. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the works of famous photographers Alexander Brodsky, Anatoly Garanin, Boris Losin, Boris Kudoyarov, Vsevolod Tarasevich, Grigory Chertov, David Trakhtenberg, Leonid Korobov, Mikhail Trakhman, Semyon Nordstein, Sergei Strunnikov and Sergei Shimansky.

The enlightenment project of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency combines the formats demanded by modern viewers: photo, audio and video. It is a continuation of the Liberation project, which was supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives in 2023.

“We organized the exhibition at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University with your historians and experts,” said Natalya Tyurina, head of the Directorate of State Projects of the international media group “Russia Today”, head of the “Social Navigator” project. “Every image you see is a lot of research work. It was important to us that these were not staged photographs. The photos show real people and real events. In each frame you can see buildings preserved in St. Petersburg. Also, together with your historians, we made an audio podcast that talks about the events depicted in the photographs. You can hear it by pointing your phone at the QR code.”

Similar photo exhibitions telling about the last year and a half of the Great Patriotic War will be held in 19 cities of Russia and Belarus from January 2024 to April 2025.

About the polytechnics project – photo exhibition “Unforgotten. What they fought for” said Deputy Director of the Museum of History of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Artyom Solovyov: We took these photographs last year and the year before in the forests of Karelia and the Leningrad region with photographer Alexandra Mazur. One day we were going on a hike, which was organized by the military history club “Our Polytech”. On the way to the Sinyavinsky Heights, in the Tortolovo tract, in addition to memorial signs, we saw a small grave. The plaque lists the names of six people – a woman and her five children. This is how we learned the history of the Dergachev family. The husband went to war, and when he returned to Tortolovo, they only showed him the grave. We wanted to reunite this family, at least in our photographs.

The exhibition will remain at the Technopolis Polytech National Research Institute for another month. Then it will be possible to visit it in the Main Academic Building.

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