This project is a civic initiative of a number of individuals and businesses. It was not built as a part of the official memorial events. Our objective is to thank those who won the Great Patriotic War. We believe that our project will help attract attention to the surviving veterans and remind our readers that we still can thank many of them.

Today, the Internet allows us to tell what this war represented for our grandfathers. By using a multimedia map of the war, we attempted to combine historic facts with archival materials and personal accounts shared with us in recent times, without any bias or judgment. We strived not only to present a coherent picture of the events, but also to instigate a dialogue between generations — remember, the personal accounts included in this project are but a tiny part of what the veterans can tell us.

We believe that gratitude should not be impersonal, but should be delivered personally to each veteran — this is why the list of names of veterans still here to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Victory is an important part of this project. We want to remind that these people are living among us, in our cities — they may need our help and may want to be heard.

The first version of the project appeared in 2005 — back then, we managed to collect a list of over a million veterans surviving to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Victory. Many years have passed since then, and now, sadly, fewer veterans are surviving. But we do not feel we have the right to remove anybody’s names from this site.

Project Authors

Jan Cherniak
Jane Zavalishina
Elena Kolmanovskaya
Ekaterina Solntseva

The Project initiative,
organizational issues,

Ekaterina Solntseva

The historical scenario of the war
was created under the direction
of Colonel

A.V. Kirillov, PhD (History),

Department of Warcraft History,
Frunze Military Academy

in cooperation with
historical journalist

G.Yu. Pernavskiy.

The Project was developed by a creative working group organized by Jan Cherniak around Web-Masterskaya studio:

Design by

Tamaz Murguliya

Flash programming

Ilya Kondratov, Ilya Shulman, Andrey Ivanov


Roman Povelitsin, Ivan Koshkin, Aleksey Makhotkin, Eldar Torubarov, Roman Shuruhin

Retouching, graphics processing, html-coding

Alexander Pishchik


Olga Gudova

Scripts and writing

Georgiy Pernavskiy, Mikhail Polikarpov

Writing and editing

Julia Mikoyan

interview soundtracks editing

Vika Ryabova

Music and sound design


English translation

Nika Franchi

English version editing

Ben Franchi

Partners[ veterans’ interviews ]

VIF2NE[ consulting,
materials compilation ]

SK Content Group[ additional writing
and editing ]


Hosting and Servers

hosting .masterhost

Project endorsed by:

The State Duma Committee for Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee Chairwoman O.Yu. Seliverstova

EvrAzEs (Eurasian Economic Community), Secretary General G.A. Rapota

The Russian Ministry for Information Technology and Communications, Deputy Minister D.A. Milovantsev

Russian Federation Ministry of Defense, Head of Personnel and Education ServicesN.A. Punkov


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Fourth Russian National Competition
“Patriot of Russia”

special award “Konstantin Simonov”
“For designing and carrying out a patriotic
campaign in electronic and print media”