This from Lonely Planet's "Scoop" newsletter:
USSR on Show
Ever had a burning urge to watch the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II? Or
witness the heroics of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space? Or even
re-live the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia? Perhaps, but
it has been virtually impossible with all 38,000 films and 1 million
photographs of Russia's Central Films and Stills Archive held in guarded
vaults in a 19th century building in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow. Access
was granted only to a select few - until now. The entire collection is
being placed online, including a virtually complete collection of
newsreels from 1919 to 1985 documenting the politics, wars, disasters and
people of the former United Soviet Socialist Republic. The project is
being realised thanks to an agreement between Russian authorities and a
Texas-based multimedia company Abamedia, whose Web site hosts the archive.
Already there are over 25,000 films in Russian and about 5,000 films in
English online, as well as thousands of pictures, from Soviet propaganda
posters to oriental art from the Far East and Central Asia.
No link provided, alas...
Alastair Millar, BSc(Hons)
Consultancy and translation for the heritage industry
P.O.Box 685, CZ 111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic