Ruptly, the award-winning global video news agency, today announces the signing of a deal with Russia’s Krasnogorsk Archive to bring a selection of vital and illuminating video materials to the world’s markets via its platform.

Under the agreement, Ruptly’s clients will be able to use extraordinary footage from historic events, including:

  • The early days of Soviet space exploration: Belka, Strelka, Gagarin, and the space race.
  • The fascinating story of Robert Robinson, a Jamaican born toolmaker from US auto industry, recruited to work in the USSR and ended up living there for 50 years (1935)
  • Turning points and significant events from the Second World War, such as the Siege of Leningrad 1941- 1944, Kursk battle 1943, the Tehran Conference 1943, as well as rare shots from the Yalta Conference 1945, the victory flag over Berlin 1945, and Victory Day Parade in Red Square 1945.
  • Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy meeting in Vienna, 1961
  • Young Gorbachev, his rise to power, Perestroika, Glasnost, meeting with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and President Ronald Reagan, and his resignation.
  • Soviet troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, 1989.
  • Yeltsin in Moscow, during the August 1991 coup attempt.
  • Tanks at the white house and barricades in Moscow, Autumn 1993.
  • Andrei Sakharov, scientist, dissident, Nobel laureate.
  • Russian Presidential Elections, 2000.

Matt Tabaccos, CCO at Ruptly, comments: “This partnership, with one of the leading Russian state archives, allows us to extend rare footage to our news clients across the world, making our entire video news offering even more attractive. The footage provides new perspectives on the most momentous events of our time.”

Director of the Russian State Documentary Film and Photograph Archive, Natalia Aleksandrovna Kalantarova comments: “Making audio-visual documents from our collection available to a wide audience will, I hope, shed light on certain pages of our history and help people gain a more accurate understanding of these significant events.”