“It is symbolic that the exhibition dedicated to the events in the Donbas opens today, when we celebrate the anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia,” said Valery Plotnikov, deputy mayor of the city, ataman of the Anapa District Cossack society. during the ceremony. – The Anapa Cossacks, who were the first to land on the Crimean coast at the end of February 2014, are directly involved in this historical event. We were 175 people. And in total, the Kuban Cossacks, who for three weeks helped defend the freedom and independence of Crimea and Sevastopol, exceed three thousand. We did everything possible not to let the Bandera youth into the territory of the peninsula, we stood at the front: Perekop, Chongar, Turkish Val, Simferopol, Sevastopol, we inspected the trains at the Dzhankoy station, we guarded the airport, the building of the Supreme Council and the Government of the Republic of Crimea. Immediately after the annexation of Donbass, the Anapa Cossacks sent eight echelons of humanitarian aid there. Today, the people of Anapto continue to support not only the residents of Donbass, but also the families of their compatriots who have become participants in a special military operation. Therefore, the exhibition of the military correspondent “RG” aroused great interest in the city. It’s especially gratifying to see young people here. Let them appreciate what is happening in the Donbass. It is very important to know and see where your help is going.
It’s hard to understand war until you see it with your own eyes. In the burning Donbass, the journalist from the Krasnodar branch of RG spent almost half a year, so the pictures of him truly reflect the life of wounded cities and towns: Mariupol, Donetsk, Volnovakha, Lisichansk, Lugansk and others. From the two terabyte matrix taken in the Donbas, Vladimir Anosov selected for his personal exhibition, which has already toured more than 30 Russian cities, fifty of the most parsimonious photographs. But even from them you can understand how hard it is for the inhabitants of the destroyed cities and villages of the new Russian regions, and how they all need our support.
– I constantly follow the events in the Donbass, it is very important for me to know what is happening there, – says cadet Terenty Maltsev. – Vladimir Anosov’s photographs accurately convey what is happening there. I especially remember the image of a military man in a helmet, written with the wishes of the inhabitants of Mariupol. “He Survives,” they wrote to their liberators.
And the Crimean native Victoria Gonchar simply froze at the picture, which captured an elderly resident of Mariupol in a wheelchair against the backdrop of an almost completely destroyed house. Next to him, like peacetime ghosts, a goat and a goat nibble the grass. The man smiles, rejoicing in the good March weather.
– When I looked at this photo, I thought about the events of 2014, when the Russian army did not allow my native Crimea to be destroyed. I was still a child then, but I remember the “Crimean Spring” well. The people rejoiced welcoming the liberators. I have been living and studying in Anapa for the second year, but I am at home regularly. Now, thanks to the Crimean bridge, you can quickly get there without any problems. I want my compatriots to see the Vladimir Anosov exhibition.
For the first time, the piercing photographs of the RG military correspondent were presented to the general public in the media center of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta editorial office on June 21 last year. Then the shots selected by the author were shown to the audience in Krasnodar and Sochi at the forum of the Union of Journalists of Russia. Since then, the exhibition has become an independent project of Rossiyskaya Gazeta, aimed at the patriotic education of young people: it was seen in the hall of the Presidential Library in St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Staraya Russa, Samara, Saransk, Orenburg, Stavropol, Nalchik, Penza, Tyva. Residents of more than 30 Russian cities have already seen this exhibition.
“Vladimir Anosov has been working for Rossiyskaya Gazeta for many years,” says Galina Aderakhina, director of the Krasnodar branch of RG. According to him, he has been fond of photography since he was a child. He did not part with the lens even during the years of service as an officer in the troops of the Russian Air Force. Only after leaving the army was he able to fully devote himself to a hobby, eventually becoming a true professional. As a correspondent, he covered the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008 and regularly traveled to Donbass after 2014. And now, as soon as hostilities began, Vladimir went on a business trip as a volunteer. He was the founder of the action to help the destroyed temple in Volnovaja, which was joined almost a year ago by journalists and readers of “RG”. Now our colleague is back in Donbass, he recently visited the temple, and we, having received new images from him, are glad that the church has already been practically restored.
Photo: Gennady Anosov / RG
Vladimir Anosov recorded a video message for visitors to the exhibition. And the mayor of Anapa, Vasily Shvets, gave him a painting made in the format of a wine painting – a new direction in fine art. With the help of shades of red and white wine, a local artist depicted one of Anosov’s photographs, who photographed the monument to Mamaev Kurgan through the ranks of the Honor Guard. A memorable gift to the son of our colleague, also an excellent photographer, was presented by the Deputy Mayor of Anapa Vyacheslav Vovk.
“I know Anosov personally, I respect him very much and I appreciate his work,” Vovk said. – Vladimir is a wonderful photographer, a real officer and fighter. He chose a very difficult and serious path as a military officer, and thanks to his courage and courage, his talent as a photographer, we can see with our own eyes what is happening on the front line. We have no doubt that the special military operation will end in victory for us. And these photographs will remain as a memory so that everyone knows what people had to endure in the fight for freedom.
By the way
The photo exhibition of the military correspondent of “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” Vladimir Anosov “Donbass-2022” will last at the Anapa “Rodina” Cultural Center until the end of March. Anyone can see it.
Photo: Gennady Anosov, RG