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    PHOTO EXHIBITION REVEALS SECRETS OF SOVIET DIPLOMACY

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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War has devoted its photo exhibition, "The Strategy of Victory. Soviet Diplomacy in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945," at the Poklonnaya memorial hill, the Web site of the Russian museums reports.

    The centerpiece of the exhibition are photos from the main state archives, including the archive of the Foreign Ministry.

    They tell us about the efforts of the Soviet diplomats to form, develop and preserve the Allies. The materials on display track the lend-lease deliveries, the diplomatic struggle for opening the second front, assess the diplomatic efforts to avert Japan and Turkey's attack on the USSR, to withdraw German satellites from the war, and to achieve agreements on the principles of the postwar world order.

    Documents relating to private meetings between the Soviet, British and US leaders, and their correspondence are also included into the exhibition.

    Historical documents give an insight into the root causes of the political decisions of the time. For example, documents from Stalin's personal archive are of this kind.

    The Soviet diplomacy in the Great Patriotic War years will go down in history as such, including the handwritten speech of Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet Narkom (people's commissar) for foreign affairs, of June 22, 1941, found only recently in the Foreign Ministry archives and written before the Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam conferences.

    The exhibition will be open till July.

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