On July 2, 2019 in the building of the Museum of Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy the ceremonial opening of the photo exhibition "Croc da Peramogi" ("A step to Victory") was held".

 The exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi aggressors was organized jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the Russian center of science and culture in Nur-Sultan within the framework of the international project "Dialogue through culture".

The exhibition "A step to Victory" presents more than 40 works by St. Petersburg photographer Sergei Larenkov, who is the author of many series of photo-reconstructions, telling about the siege of Leningrad, military Moscow, hero cities: Kiev, Odessa, Sevastopol, Kerch, Minsk, Brest, cities in which the Victory was met: Berlin, Prague, Vienna. The exposition of the current exhibition presents two series of photo reconstructions about Minsk and Brest.

In the photoconstructions of the author, the past and present are combined into one, causing a paradoxical effect – the effect of presence. The viewer has the opportunity to imagine himself on the scene, to see the story through the prism of today's life.

The opening ceremony was attended by Director of the Library of Elbassy Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Kazakhstan Anatoly Nichkasov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Borodavkin, Head of the Russian Centre of science and culture in Nur-Sultan Konstantin Vorobyov, cultural figures and members of the public.

– The author conducts a lot of research, putting in his work more than creativity. This special, reverential attitude to people, places and era allows Sergey Larenkov to achieve a high degree of piercing images. That is why every photo-reconstruction invariably finds a lively response of the audience. I think all of you will see it for yourselves. In all former Soviet Union there is no family that was unaffected by war. For almost 30 years we have different homelands, but the memory of that terrible war remains common. The international project "Dialogue through culture" of the Museum, now the Library of Elbassy, allows us to once again meet and talk about important things, – said Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov at the opening of the exhibition and congratulated A. I. Nichkasov and the whole Belarusian people on the upcoming Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.

– 75 years ago, the Belarusian offensive operation "Bagration" began – the largest military operation not only of the Great Patriotic war, but also of the entire history of mankind. During the operation "Bagration" group of German armies "Center" suffered a catastrophic defeat. On the night of July 1, the Red Army broke into Borisov and liberated the city at dawn. The capital of Belarus was liberated on July 3, 1944. In 1996, this significant date for the Belarusian people was chosen by the decision of the Parliament and the President of the Republic of Belarus as the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus, – Anatoly Nichkasov told about the history of liberation of Belarus from fascist invaders, expressing special gratitude to the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, colleagues from the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the Rossotrudnichestvo for their help in organizing the exhibition.

– On behalf of Russian representatives in Kazakhstan, I want to congratulate Belarusian friends on Independence Day and thank our Kazakh friends – the Museum of the Elbassy Library for providing a platform for this very interesting exhibition. Anatoly Ivanovich's story about the liberation of Belarus echoed in my heart. This is really something that all of us - Belarusians, Russians and Kazakhstanis and all the peoples of the former Soviet Union - have the right to be proud of. It was on the Soviet front in 1941-1945 that the back of the Nazi military machine was broken. ... This exhibition demonstrates the heroism with which the Soviet people defended every inch of their native land, - said Alexey Borodavkin.

The exhibition "A step to Victory" will last until August 2, 2019 (Nur-Sultan, 11 Beibitshilik str.).