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Greetings on 25th anniversary of Great Patriotic War of 1941- 1945 Central Museum

May 9, 2020

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the staff of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 on its anniversary.

The message reads, in part:

“Greetings on the 25 the anniversary of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945. Millions of our country’s citizens took part in its establishment, people of different ages and professions, factory and office workers, students and schoolchildren.

It is encouraging that the museum celebrates this anniversary as a major cultural, educational and research centre. Its collection is truly priceless as it contains rare archival photos and films, weapons and military equipment samples, pieces of art, personal effects and documents that bear evidence of the unparalleled courage of the Red Army soldiers and officers, partisans, underground fighters and homefront workers.

It is of great importance that your staff is working creatively and enthusiastically at pursuing sought-after educational, investigative and patriotic projects and initiatives, which narrate the key events and heroes of the most ruthless war of the 20th century. Thus, for the 75th anniversary of Victory, The Feat of the People extensive exhibition was prepared jointly with the Russian Military Historical Society, which is unparalleled in Russian museum practice. Unique technologies and sets restored with astounding authenticity make it possible for the visitors to learn about new, previously unknown pages of our country’s combat history, and to fully realise the harsh atmosphere of the war years.”

The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War is Russia’s principal military history museum covering the topics of the Great Patriotic War and World War II, and one of the world’s largest military history museums. It makes up the biggest part of the memorial complex on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow.

May 9, 2020