Thousands of photos of Uncle Ho preserved in Russian news agency

President Ho Chi Minh and Chairman of the Soviet Union Council of Ministers Alexey Kosygin (Documentary photo: TASS)

Ms. Nhina Kyznetsova, Head of TASS's Photographic Documentation Department, said TASS's photo archive is a unique archive of negative film, spanning more than 100 years, with the oldest photo from 1852 of the great writer Leo Tolstoy when he was young.

Regarding Vietnam and the Vietnam - Soviet Union relationship in the past or Vietnam - Russia today, Ms. Nhina said that there are about 3,000 photos, the oldest ones dated from the 1950s.

Confirming that the value of these photos is impressive, Ms. Nhina introduced to reporters from Vietnam News Agency the photo of Uncle Ho talking with Soviet children in 1955 during a boat trip on the Moscow canal connecting the Moskva River with the Volga River.

TASS reporters also took meaningful photos during Uncle Ho's visit to the Soviet Union in 1957. Those were photos of Uncle Ho talking with K. E. Voroshilov, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet; Uncle Ho coming to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) to visit the office of leader V. I. Lenin at Smolnyi Palace; Uncle Ho coming to Stalingrad (now Volgograd) to place flowers at the monument "Mother - Fatherland" on Mamaev Hill; and Uncle Ho coming to Crimea.

The most notable is the photo of Uncle Ho displayed at the 1969 International Exhibition of Artwork and Documentation on the 100th birthday of V. I. Lenin. 

TASS reporters in Hanoi also took photos of Uncle Ho sitting among the pupils who came to congratulate him on his 65th birthday; photo of Uncle Ho holding talks with the Soviet delegation led by Chairman of the Council of Ministers A. H Kosygin visiting Vietnam in February 1965; photo of the National Funeral Ceremony of Uncle Ho in 1969, in which a photo of Vietnamese leaders standing beside his coffin, including Party General Secretary Le Duan, Prime Minister Pham Van Dong and Deputy Prime Minister Le Thanh Nghi in September 1969; and the photo of inauguration of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on August 29, 1975./.


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