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Condolences on the passing of Boris Sokolov

January 17, 2019

Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation and the Guild of Cameramen on the passing of Boris Sokolov, the last surviving Soviet frontline cameraman of the Great Patriotic War.

The message reads, in part:

“A legend of Russian cinema and documentary filmmaking, Boris Sokolov was part of the heroic generation of World War II veterans. His work represents a unique legacy and a true historical chronicle, which includes footage of the Great Patriotic War and the 1945 Victory Parade and preserves great moments of our country’s life in the 20th century, as well as the spirit and atmosphere of that entire era.”

Boris Sokolov died in Moscow at the age of 98.

The footage of frontline newsreels captured by Captain Sokolov was featured in numerous documentaries dating back to the Great Patriotic War, in particular, “The Banner of Victory is Hoisted over Berlin,” “Berlin,” “The Defeat of Japan” and other. Sokolov was part of the crew that filmed the signing of the act of unconditional surrender by Germany.

January 17, 2019