Moscow Metro – Semyonovskaya – Line 3

Semyonovskaya - Line 3 - A Savin

Semyonovskaya – Line 3 – A Savin

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Moscow Metro – Semyonovskaya – Line 3

Semyonovskaya (Семёновская) is a station of the Moscow Metro in the Sokolinaya Gora District, Eastern Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line, between Elektrozavodskaya and Partizanskaya stations. Semyonovskaya opened in 1944.

Semyonovskaya - Line 3 - 01

Semyonovskaya – Line 3 – 01

Originally, the station was called Stalinskaya, as it was built under Stalinskaya Ploshchad. As part of de-Stalinization, the station was renamed in 1961 to Semyonovskaya for the settlement from which the Semyonovsky Regiment took its name.

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Semyonovskaya – Line 3 – 05

It was the deepest station in Moscow Metro from 1944 until 1950.

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Semyonovskaya – Line 3 – 03

Built concurrently with Partizanskaya, it too is war-themed, sporting plaques along the outer walls depicting a variety of Soviet weapons used in the war, including swords, sniper rifles, and machine guns. A much larger plaque at the end of the platform includes an image of the Order of Victory and the words ‘Our Red Army – Glory!’.

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Semyonovskaya – Line 3 – 04

Semyonovskaya is an unusual design, with a double-width platform and four rows of pillars instead of the usual two. This was because the station was built as a pylon type, but was later changed in design and the pylons were transformed into pillars. The pillars are faced with red and white marble. The outer walls are grey marble. There is a row of square-pedestalled, green marble floor lamps along the center of the platform. The architects of the station were S. Kravets and V. Akhmetev.

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The station was closed for escalator replacement and general renovation on the 70th anniversary of the first Metro line, May 15, 2005. It reopened on April 28, 2006, with new escalator machinery and new interior and exterior finishes for the surface vestibule.

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Semyonovskaya square, Sokolinaya Gora District, Eastern Administrative Okrug





40 metres (130 ft)


18 January 1944

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Moscow Metro – Novokuznetskaya – Line 2

Novokuznetskaya - Line 2 - by Alex 'Flostein' Fedorov

Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – by Alex ‘Flostein’ Fedorov

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Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 01

Novokuznetskaya (Новокузнецкая) is a Moscow Metro station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. The station was opened on 20 November 1943.

Novokuznetskaya - Line 2 - 02

Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 02

Construction of the station began shortly after the launch of the second stage in 1938. Despite World War II the station was opened on time. Later in 1978 the platform was lengthened. This part is in a more modern style than the rest of the station.

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Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 03

The station honours the Soviet fighting men with its heavy ornamentation. The architects, I. Taranov and N. Bykova, won a USSR State Prize for their design.

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Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 04

The decorations include seven octagonal ceiling mosaics by Vladimir Frolov on the theme of wartime industry and bas-reliefs running along the base of the ceiling (by artists N.V. Tomsky, A.E. Zelensky, S.M. Rabinovich, and N.M. Shtamm) depicting the soldiers of the Red Army in combat.

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Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 05

The pink and white marble pylons are also decorated with cast-bronze portraits of Russian war heroes like Mikhail Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky. Floor lamps, long since replaced with more up-to-date lighting in other Metro stations, still give Novokuznetskaya an atmosphere of brooding shadow.

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Novokuznetskaya – Line 2 – 06

There is an urban legend that the station’s ornate benches were made of Carrara marble taken from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour just before it was demolished (in 1931), but it is not true, and the marble was from Ural, not Italy.

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37.5 metres (123 ft)


20 November 1943

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The Great Patriotic War

The war where the army of the workers, the Soviet Red Army, defeated the Nazi beast and chased it back to its lair.

The life story of Marshal Voroshilov, Geoffrey Trease, Pilot Press, London, n.d., 1940?, 92 pages.

Must the War Spread, DN Pritt, Penguin, London, 1940, 256 pages.

The Soviets expected it, Anna Louise Strong, Dial Press, New York, 1941, 279 pages.

Comrade Genia, the story of a victim of German bestiality in Russia, told by herself, with an introduction by Ronald Scarfe, this is a documentary of the rape of a young schoolmistress – no of an entire Russian village – by the Germans, August 1941, Nicolson and Watson, London, 1941, 128 pages.

Red Army Songs, Workers’ Music Association, London, 1942, 25 pages.

Russia’s Enemies in Britain, Reginald Bishop, Russia Today, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1942, 64 pages.

The Red Fleet and the Royal Navy, Mairin Mitchell, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1942, 98 pages.

Soviet Leaders – Timoshenko, Ivor Montagu, CPGB, London, 1942, 15 pages.

Soviet Leaders – Voroshilov, Ivor Montagu, CPGB, London, 1942, 16 pages.

Strategy and Tactics of the Soviet German War, by officers of the Red Army and Soviet War Correspondents, Soviet War News, Hutchinson, London, 1942, 148 pages.

The Soviet Fighting Forces, Major AS Hooper, Frederick Muller, London, 1942, 64 pages.

The Patriotic War of the Soviet People against the German invaders, M Kalinin, FLPH, Moscow, 1942, 32 pages.

Letter from Governor Shicai Sheng to Comrades Stalin, Molotov and Voroshilov, May 10 1942, 19 pages.

Soviet War News Weekly, No 1, January 22, 1942, reprint 1982, Soviet News, London, 1982, 8 pages.

‘We made a mistake .. ‘ Hitler, Russia’s amazing defence, Lucien Zacharoff, Bodley Head, London, 1942, 156 pages.

Soviet Jews at War, H Levy, Russia Today, London, April 1943, 31 pages.

The Defence of Leningrad, eye-witness accounts of the siege, Nikolai Tikhonov and others, Hutchison, London, 1943, 136 pages.

German Foreign Office Documents. German Policy in Turkey, 1941-1943, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, archives division, FLPH, Moscow, 1943, 127 pages.

Documents and materials relating to the eve of the Second World War, Volume 1, November 1937-1938, from the archives of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the USSR, FLPH, 1948, 314 pages.

Falsifiers of History – An historical document on the origins of World War II, with an introduction by Frederick Schuman, Committee for Promotion of Peace, New York, 1948, 64 pages.

The Underground Committee carries on, Alexei Fyodorov, FLPH, Moscow, 1952, 518 pages.

World War Two, a politico-military survey, G Deborin, Progress, Moscow, n.d., 1960s?, 560 pages.

British Foreign Policy during World War II, 1939-1945, V Trukhanovsky, Progress, Moscow, 1970, 494 pages.

Great Patriotic War of Soviet Union, 1941-1945, a general outline, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1974, 468 pages.

The Battle on the Kursk Salient – 1943, Boris Solovyov, Novosti Press Agency, Moscow, 1979, 64 pages.

The German-Soviet Non-aggression Pact of 1939, Bill Bland, presented to the Stalin Society in London in February 1990, 14 pages.

Armoured Trains of the Soviet Union 1917-1945, Wilfried Kopenhagen, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, 1996, 50 pages.

Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941–45, Henry Sakaida, illustrations by Christa Hook, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2004, 64 pages.

Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-45, Henry Sakaida, illustrations by Christa Hook, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, n.d., 2004?, 64 pages.

The Stalin and Molotov lines, Soviet western defences 1928-41, Neil Short, illustrations by Adam Hook, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2008, 64 pages.

The Mystery of the Katyn Massacre, the Evidence, the Solution, Grover Furr, Erythros Press and Media, Kettering, 2018, 268 pages.

The Katyn Massacre, a re-examination in the light of recent evidence, Grover Furr, Cultural Logic: Marxist Theory and Practice, Volume 24, 2020, pp37-49, 13 pages.

See also some of the speeches, statement and articles by MI Molotov in the page on the Writings of the Soviet Leadership as well as the speeches and articles by Comrade Stalin.

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