Heydar Aliyev Foundation congratulates veterans of the Great Patriotic War at home

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, as every year on May 9 – Victory Day was together with veterans of the Great Patriotic War. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 75th anniversary of Victory Day is not celebrated with solemn festive events, so this year our veterans were congratulated in a different format.

On behalf of the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 were visited at home.

The participants of the war received congratulations on Victory Day - on May 9, and were awarded commemorative medals "75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (1945-2020)" by order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

In addition, festive tables were set at 256 veterans' homes across the country, and gifts from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation were given to them.

It was noted that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva always pay attention to veterans and take care of them, and on this day, the compatriots who bravely contributed to the achievement of the great victory were once again congratulated on the holiday.



Books about war - new arrivals for the 75th anniversary of Victory

The presidential library of the Republic of Belarus presents a special selection of thematic literature dedicated to the upcoming holiday - Victory Day.

The collection includes the most interesting and new publications dedicated to the Great Patriotic War and its events that affected the inhabitants of modern Belarus, Russia and other neighboring countries that participated in the conflict.

You can get acquainted with the covers and annotations of selected copies in the corresponding video presentation, and order books that interest you through the electronic catalog on our website.



Letters of the war. They were waiting for them!

They were waited for months, years, and sometimes decades. They were written on any piece of paper in trenches, dugouts and medical units. For millions of our compatriots, news from the front for years became the answer to the most important question: "Is he alive?". In many families, the letters of their fathers and grandfathers are carefully preserved as relics.

They contain everything: short stories about the war, poems, yellowed photos of war correspondents, clippings from combat leaflets and newspapers, words of love for their loved ones and dreams of post-war happiness.

We bring to the attention of users of the website of the Presidential Library of the Republic of Belarus an interview with Lyudmila Vladimirovna Kuleshova, whose family archive carefully stores the front-line letters of her father, Vladimir Vladimirovich Korotkov, who traveled along the difficult roads of the war from Smolensk to East Prussia.



Marking the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. The Presidential Library’s portal provides remote access to the Museum of the defense and siege of Leningrad

Walking through the exhibition halls of the State Memorial Museum of the defense and the siege of Leningrad without leaving home was made possible thanks to a virtual tour provided on the Presidential Library’s portal.

The main feature of this interactive tour is that the visitor learns about the exposition, which today exists only in the digital space - it was dismantled in May 2018, and after the overhaul completed, the museum was recreated in an updated form.

The virtual tour provides an opportunity to see museum halls from anywhere in the world where photographs, maps, genuine wartime items are stored, most of which are accompanied by exhaustive and carefully selected museum staff information about the exhibit, its history, context and etc.

Among the interactive projects of the Presidential Library, there are also excursions to the legendary cruiser Aurora, the museum Kobona: The Road of Life, the museum “And the muses were not silent...”, the Yulian Semenov House-Museum.

12 temporary exhibitions of the Presidential library have also moved from the real space to the digital one.



The new electronic exhibition of the Presidential Library illustrates the Great Patriotic War in the context of the Second World War

The Presidential Library presents a new multimedia exhibition “The Great Patriotic War, which determined the outcome of the Second World War. Marking the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945”.

The virtual exposition covers the period from 1931 to 1945. More than 500 official documents, photographs, maps, periodicals and leaflets introduce the real course of military-political and diplomatic events of those years and give the user the opportunity to create their own idea of ​​the causes, beginning and course of the Great Patriotic War in the context of the events of the Second World War.

To create the exhibition, unique documents were used provided by the Archive of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, the Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (USA), and the Chongqing Library (China). The materials from the collections of the Presidential Library and documents previously published in various Internet projects of the State Archive, the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence and the Russian Historical Society are also provided.



SKOLKOVO Foundation invites to Startup Village Livestream '20

The Yeltsin Center became an information partner of the Startup Village Livestream ’20 conference. The SKOLKOVO Foundation is holding this largest free virtual technology conference in its anniversary year.

On May 21 and 22, 2020, the largest international online-only technology conference Startup Village Livestream ’20 will be held. It will be held in the year of the SKOLKOVO Foundation's tenth anniversary. Thanks to the latest technologies, more than 15,000 participants will be able to view the most interesting lectures and sessions, meet online with investors and mentors, and communicate with speakers and each other in real-time from anywhere in the world. In 2020, Startup Village will be held for the eighth time. The virtual platform of the conference will bring together 300 world experts, heads of major companies and more than 1,000 investors. The conference will offer participants 5 main tracks: Global track, Industry track, Keynote track, Partner track and Investment track. As part of the business program, participants will be able to follow 80 interactive virtual sessions dedicated to technological trends, the formation of new markets, the transformation of business models and the integration of innovative technologies into business practice.



Scooters conquer Yekaterinburg: 1500 trips in two days

In Yekaterinburg, a new kind of public but non-contact transport has emerged – electric scooters, which is especially important in the context of a pandemic.  The Yeltsin Center together with the company Whoosh offered the citizens a new service. The innovation was tested for almost a year.

Sharing covers the entire Central district from Moskovskaya and Chelyuskintsev streets to the Railway station, through Pionersky village to Mira street, from VTUZ-Town to the Botanical metro station. The Academic and VIZ districts have already joined the rental service. Next in line at the request of citizens is the ZBI district.

Scooters operate without being linked to charging stations. You can take them and park them in the usual bike Parking places marked on the map in the app. There are four bike parks with scooters around the Yeltsin Center.



Barack Obama to Deliver Virtual Commencement During Primetime Graduation Special

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a virtual commencement address to high schoolers across the country Saturday night during a star-studded primetime graduation special.

"Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020," which will air at 7 p.m. on NBC 5, will include other big names such as NBA star and school founder LeBron James, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as well as artists like the Jonas Brothers and Kane Brown.

Former President Obama will also be joined by several high school students who are part of the Obama Foundation’s work to inspire, empower and connect people to change their world, including seniors from Chicago Public Schools and members of the Obama Youth Jobs Corps, a program created in partnership with the Urban Alliance, according to a news release.



JFK Library Foundation asks for nominations of frontline workers for special Profile in Courage Award

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is asking the public to submit stories of people in their communities who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic for a special Profile in Courage Award.

The foundation will choose several submissions about people who risk “their own health to help heal the sick, protect our most vulnerable, and provide critical support services to citizens across the country,” the group said in a statement. The award was announced by Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, in a video message Thursday morning.

“Each year at this time, we look forward to marking my father’s birthday by presenting the annual Profile in Courage Award to public servants who put the country first,” Kennedy said. “But this year everything has changed, and we want to honor the courage we are seeing all around us.”

A ceremony for the frontline workers chosen will be held once larger gatherings are allowed, according to the statement.



Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day online with Truman Library

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — On this day 75 years ago, the Germans surrendered, ending World War II in Europe. A man from Missouri was president of the United States of America at the time.

The first V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) was also Harry S. Truman’s 61st birthday.

To celebrate the two occasions, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, and the Truman Library Institute planned a large-scale event.

Now, it’s moving the celebration to social media because of social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The library wants people to share stories about World War II veterans on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages to recognize how those veterans and Truman shaped the world we live in today.



Eisenhower Presidential Library to hold virtual programs focusing on D-Day

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home is hosting two upcoming virtual programs focusing on the D-Day Invasion.

On Thursday, June 4, at 2 p.m. historians Edward Lengel, National World War II Museum, and John McManus, Missouri University of Science and Technology, will be discussing General Dwight. D. Eisenhower’s “In Case of Failure” note.

The note gives away much about the lives of the soldiers and invasion of Normandy on D-Day, as well as the character of the late President.

Tim Rives of the Eisenhower Presidential Library will also join to talk about how the library acquired such a historic document and steps taken to preserve and protect it.

On Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m. historians Craig Symonds, U.S. Naval War College, and Rob Citino, National World War II Museum, will be discussing how allies maintained the offensive with enormous material needs for troops. Here’s a hint, construction of an artificial harbor greatly aided in the war effort



Henning Larsen, Snøhetta, and Studio Gang shortlisted to design Roosevelt library

Henning LarsenSnøhetta, and Studio Gang are the three finalists competing for the design of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. It will be located in the Badlands of North Dakota.

“These architects share our vision and values,” said Melani Walton, chair of the design and architecture committee of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF). “They want to listen and spend time with the community, study the ecology of the Badlands, and embrace the complexities of Theodore Roosevelt’s life.”

The three finalists were selected from 12 firms that affirmatively responded to the T.R. Library request for qualifications (RFQ), which was made public in April. The winner will work alongside an executive architect and construction management team that will be based in North Dakota.