DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF LARISA VASILIEVA
Larisa Vasilieva (1935–2018) was a Russian poet, writer, public figure and founder of Т-34 Tank History Museum.
Larisa Vasilieva’s works are widely known in Russia and abroad. They were translated into many foreign languages and awarded with numerous Russian, foreign and international literary prizes.
During all her life Larisa Vasilieva had been engaged in a multi-profile public activity in Moscow and other regions of the Russian Federation, in the countries of Europe and North America. She was also active in representing Russia in the International Women’s Forum.
Her “Book about Father” (1982) generated a widespread response in the form of numerous letters from tank builders and tankmen containing their memoirs, photographs and documents. Based on this, in 1985 Mrs. Vasilieva founded an amateur museum named “In the Memory of Tank Builders” in her dacha located in the environs of Moscow. In 2001 the museum obtained the official status of T-34 Tank History Museum. She was the President of the Museum up to the very last day of her life.
Larisa Vasilieva was the holder of the Russian Order of Friendship and the Medal to the 2nd Degree Order for the Merits to the Motherland. In the Soviet Union she was awarded with two Orders of Honor and the Order of the Friendship of Peoples. She was also the Laureate of the Moscow Prize for Achievements in Literature and Arts and the Prize for the Merits to the Moscow Region. She was an Honorary Citizen of the town of Lobnya.
The Museum’s exposition now contains the reproduction of a fragment of the former dacha-based museum with the unique exhibits of that era. An exhibition of Larisa Vasilieva’s most popular books dedicated to her memory was opened in the Museum in the spring of 2019.
The exhibition is on display on the ground floor of the Museum until the end of March 2019.