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Please help find the high-resolution photo originals to the images from these old newspaper and magazine clippings for Commons (most of them are public domain). Please also check out my list of Soviet photographers here (and read the footnote about the copyright calculations). And more importantly, try to find the year of death (needed to calculate the year of copyright expiration) for these photographers. I do my best to find as many public domain historic photos as I can, but sadly my resources are highly limited and so far I have found only a tiny percent of what we need.

If you are an admin and have questions about Russian copyright law, or the status of a file, ask before you upload or make a ruling. But if I've nominated something for deletion, and you see my note about the lack of indication it was published early enough, please don't ignore it as "meh. Photo looks old. Gotta be public domain. After all, it was created long before the cut-off date." in cases where the issue at hand is when the photo was published (regardless of when it was made).

My main area of expertise here is Russian/CIS copyright law and the URAA. If you don't know much about either of those, I can help you calculate the copyright status of old photos for you. But don't upload an old Soviet photo without knowing if it was published early enough!

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Photos I need for Wiki[edit]

Some Russian archives like РГАКФД and ЦГАКФФД contain some photos that are public domain under Russian and American copyright law, yet still only low-quality previews are available. Unwatermarked and sufficient resolution versions can be purchased from the archive, but my attempts to buy unwatermarked photos have not been successful (since they don't accept Paypal and there have been some language barriers)

Better resolution needed[edit]


Old Newspapers and magazine I need[edit]

I am missing or need pages from these timespans. I have a few of the pages from these times, but not nearly enough.

  • Red Crimea (Къызыл Кърым/Qızıl Qrım) 1940–1944 (especially 1942-1944) need everything featuring people wilth Wikipedia articles like Amet-khan Sultan, Teyfuq Abdul, Abduraim Reshidov, Emir Chalbash, Ismail Bulatov, etc
  • Gazeta "Kommunist" (Saratov version) from May 1990 with the photo and article about Litvyak
  • Leningrad Prada February 1987 - the page with Romanenko and Laveykin
  • Red Star postwar issues (especially 6 February 1987), those with obituaries and portraits of Heroes of the Soviet Union
  • Legible scans of:
    • Газета «Новгородская правда» № 68 (109) за 20 мая 1945 года
    • Газета «Цемент» №161 от 18 августа 1945 года
    • Газета «Коммунист» № 165 от 20 августа 1944 года (Saratov edition)
    • Газета «Ленинградская Правда» от 2 сентября 1948 года
  • A scan of the "Герои Великой Отечественной войны" page from the following issues of the Soviet magazine Krasnoarmeets (renamed Sovetsky voin in 1948, formerly called Krasnoarmeets and Krasnoflotets):
    • Issues 1 and 4 of 1943;
    • Issues 7 of 1944;
    • Issue 2 of 1945.
  • 1930's newspaper (Moscow? Azerbaijani? Containing this 1936 photo of Zuleykha Seyidmammadova)
  • Gazeta Stalinsky Sokol 14 February 1945, March & May 1946, March 1948
  • Журнал «Работница» №11 от 1945 года
  • Журнал «Работница» 1936-1942 годы
  • Газета «Известия» 31 октября 1940 года
  • Krasny voin (Красный воин: ежедневная газета Московского военного округа) 1940 to end of September 1944
  • Magazine Za oboronu 1941-1945
  • Fotogazeta [Red Army] (Фотогазета: главного политического управления красной армии) 1941–1945
  • Fotogazeta [Navy] (Фотогазета: главного политического управления военно-морского флота ССР) 1941–1945
  • Sovetsky Pilot (Советский Летчик)
  • Stalinsky Pilot (Сталинский Пилот) 1940–1945
  • Red Sokol (Красный сокол) 1941–1945
  • Wings of Victory (Крылья победы) 1940's (especially 1943-1945)
  • Wings of Soviets (Крылья Советов)
  • Sovetsky Sokol (Советский сокол) 1940’s
  • Frontovaya pravda (Фронтовая правда) 1940–1945
  • Red Army (Красная Армия) 1941–1946
  • Газета «Фронтовик» 1940's (is there one with this photo of Nina Lobkovskaya? What's the date & issue?)
  • Защитник отечества 1940's
  • Красноармейская правда 1940's
  • Боевая Красноармейская 1940's
  • Вперед к Победе 1940's
  • Newspaper Sovetsky warrior (Советский воин) 1940–1949
  • Красный Черноморец 1940's
  • Red Fleet (Красный флот) January-February and June-September 1945
  • Voevaya Krymskaya 1941–1945
  • Red Tatarstan (Кызыл Татарстан) 1943–1945
  • Stalinsky Put (Сталинский Путь) August 1948
  • Sovetskaya Rossiya (Советская Россия) 1940–1945
  • Sovetskaya Kalmykia (Советская Калмыкия) 1940–1945
  • Transbaikal worker (Забайкальский рабочий) 1940–1945
  • Baltic Pilot (Лётчик Балтики) 1940–1945
  • Stalingrad Pravda (Сталинградская правда) 1941–1945
  • Gomel'skaya Prauda (Гомельская праўда) 1940–1945
  • Partisan Pravda (Партизанская правда)
  • Ferganskaya Pravda (Ферганская правда)
  • Газета «Крымская правда» (interested in materials/mentions about Hero of the Soviet Union Abduraim Reshidov, Amet-khan Sultan, etc)
  • Марғилон Ҳақиқати