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Vladimir Putin Visits "Battle for Berlin" at LenExpo

During his working trip to St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin visited the LenExpo exposition grounds to see the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat military historical panorama

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While visiting St Petersburg this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the LenExpo to view the exhibition “Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat”. This military history panorama depicts the last days of the struggle for Berlin at the close of WW II in gripping detail.

Visitors to the LenExpo get to follow in the footsteps of Soviet troops storming the infamous Reichstag. The experience is one that follows a Soviet commander, Lieutenant Semyon Sorokin, who revealed little-known facts about the heroic Soviet banner bearers now immortalized in images. President Putin visited the pavilion and toured the several zones that divide the exhibit. One section, an exacting reconstruction of the Reichstag’s façade, includes lifelike figures displayed in minute detail. The exhibits go so far as to show bullet holes, along with writings put on the columns of the building by conquering Soviets.

The Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat historical panorama (Kremlin]
The Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat historical panorama (Kremlin]
<figcaption>At the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat panorama. Far right: Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Ivanov (Kremlin)</figcaption>
At the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat panorama. Far right: Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Ivanov (Kremlin)

The project, intended to showcase these events leading up to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, are part of a larger extension in gripping 3D. Other parts of the exhibition reveal such scenes as the devastating siege of Putin’s family’s hometown of  Leningrad. It is not often publicized, but the Russian president lost his brother Viktor at Leningrad.

At the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat panorama.
At the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat panorama.At the Battle for Berlin – The Banner Bearers’ Feat panorama (Kremlin)

This paramount moment in World War II history was immortalized in photographs by Yevgeny Anan'evich Khaldei that graced thousands of print publication after the war. His most famous photograph depicts three young Soviet soldiers raising the Soviet flag atop Berlin's most ominous building, the Reichstag.  Once unknown Soviet soldiers Aleksei Kovalyev from Kiev,  Aleksei Goryachev from Minsk, and Abdulkhakim Ismailov from Dagestan were seen in the original imagery. The fall of the Reichstag is regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable photographic moments of the war. 


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