Here is a compilation of photos dedicated to the first man in space – Yuri Gagarin. It’s not a sin to write about heroes the second day running, right? All of them were taken in Moscow and show all the joy and love of Russian people to their hero.
Volkhonka Street. Waiting for the Gagarin’s procession.
Vnukovo airport. Initially nobody was going to make such a great welcome of Gagarin in Moscow. The decision was made by Nikita Khrushchev at the very last moment. Moreover, he ordered to raise the great cosmonaut in rank. So soon after the meeting he became a major.
Lenin avenue. People welcome Gagarin.
Whole Moscow welcomes him. The lessons are canceled at schools and everybody goes outdoors. This was the second time since the Victory Day when Russian people rejoiced so much.
This is Manezhnaya Square. April 15, 1961. On that day everybody could easily leave their working place and join the demonstration. People were holding posters in their hands. Some of them were humorous and said something like “I’ll be the second”. There was an atmosphere of joy and happiness. People were proud of their Motherland. What is remarkable, there was a great many of foreigners with flowers and postcards with Gagarin on Manezhnaya Square that day.
And this is the demonstration on Historical avenue on the 12th of April.
Manezhnaya Square. “Moscow – space – Moscow. Hurray!”, “Space is ours”, “We’re the first!”.
1965. Gagarin, his wife and daughters at the Durov’s corner.