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Soldier Who Hoisted Victory Banner Over Reichstag Passes Away

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Soldier Who Hoisted Victory Banner Over Reichstag Passes Away


Abdulkhakhim Ismailov, one of the three Soviet soldiers who hoisted a Victory Banner over the Reichstag in the spring of 1945 passed away in Dagestan (a Russian North Caucasus Republic), the Voice of Russia reports. The WW II veteran was 94.

A photo taken by the war correspondent Yegeny Khaldey shows Ismailov and two other soldiers – Alexei Kovalyov Leonid Gorychev – hoisting a red banner on one of the Reichstag towers. This photo is much less known to the public than another one, in which sergeants Mikhail Yegorov and Meliton Kantaria are fixing a banner on the Reichstag roof. The point is several red banners were hoisted over the Reichstag but they were shot down by the fascists.

In 1996, Ismailov, decorated with numerous orders and medals, travelled to Moscow where he accepted the Golden Star of Hero handed to him by the Russian president.

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