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The history of Russian football available at the Presidential Library’s virtual exhibition

7 July 2020

Russian football from its origins to the present - this topic is dedicated to the virtual tour of the Presidential Library around the exhibition “More than Just a Game: Marking FIFA World Cup in Russia”, which was available in the historic building of the Synod on Senate Square.

The major part of the interactive exhibition is dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which matches were held in 11 Russian cities, including St. Petersburg. As part of the virtual tour, one can find out details about each of them: this is information about the city, interesting facts about the stadium that hosted the championship matches, the results of these meetings and much more.

The separate section features the stadium "St. Petersburg". The presented materials tell about the design, construction, presentation of a grandiose sports facility, in addition, here one can find historical photographs of the S. M. Kirov stadium, which was earlier at this place.

The exposition “More than Just a Game: Marking FIFA World Cup in Russia” also focuses on people who formed and developed Russian football. Among them, one of the first coaches, first referee George Duperron, participant of the blockade matches Viktor Nabutov and others. The rich illustrative material from the Presidential Library’s collections - the charters of sports societies and various documents, sports literature, the press, posters, etc. - gives a visual representation how football have been gradually transformed: the rules changed, the technique of the game, the equipment of athletes, etc.

The exhibition “More than Just a Game: Marking FIFA World Cup in Russia” has become another exposition that has moved from real space to digital. The Presidential Library’s portal offers other virtual tours of exhibitions of various subjects: “Monuments of book culture: from print to digital”, “Journey from Petrograd to Moscow. 1918: marking the 100th anniversary of the relocation of the Soviet government and the capital to Moscow”, “Keeping Orthodox faith: the history of church museums. Marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Rus’”, “The Saving Sword of the Revolution”: the Chekist in life, cinema and literature”, "North-West of Russia: two regions - one history. Marking the 90th anniversary of Leningrad region and the 80th anniversary of Vologda Region”, etc.

The institution’s portal provides an opportunity to remotely visit not only Yulian Semyonov House-Museum, but also visit the legendary cruiser Aurora, the State Memorial Museum of  the Defence and Siege of Leningrad, the Kobona: Road of Life museum, And Muses Were Not Silent...

Visitors to the Presidential Library’s portal from anywhere in the world can have a tour around the historic building of the Synod, which today houses a modern multifunctional cultural and educational center, visit the Constitution Hall with the permanent exposition spotlighting the main documents of the Russian Federation.