Support The Moscow Times!

Russians Relive WWII Experience in Life-Size Exhibition in St. Petersburg

Hundreds of people queued in St. Petersburg over the weekend to visit the newly opened "Memory Speaks" panorama exhibition at Sevcabel Port.

The immersive exhibition recreates the path of an unnamed schoolteacher who goes to the front, taking visitors through a dozen scenes — from his wooden cabin in Belarus to trenches outside Leningrad, street battles in Stalingrad and the Dnieper River.

The state-funded exhibition is the latest commemoration of what Russia calls the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. Next year, Russia will celebrate the 75th anniversary since the end of the war.

The exhibition is expected to run through May 2020.

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.