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Yuri Kozyrev | Noor

Yuri was born in 1963 in Moscow, Russia.

He has covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union and modern Russia during latest 25 years he has been working as a photojournalist.

After covering the tragedy of September 11th 2001 he went to Afghanistan, where he managed to photo shoot the fall of the Taliban. He lived in Baghdad, Iraq from 2003 to 2009 as a contract photographer for TIME Magazine. From 2011 Yuri worked in Egypt, Bahrein, Libya and  Yemen and got prestigious Visa d’Or News Award in 2011 for his work on the Arab Spring and project On Revolution Road.

Yuri also has received numerous honors including six World Press Photo awards for his shots from Chechnya, Iraq and Beslan. In 2006 he got Overseas Press Club Oliver Rebbot prize and in 2008 Frontline Club award for covering Iraqi events. He was also named the 2011 Photographer of the Year in the POYi competition. Moreover, Yuri is a Trophee and Public Prize award holder as part of Prix Bayeux-Calvados  for his work Dispatch from Libya.

Yuri is based in Moscow.

http://noorimages.com/photographer/kozyrev/

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As part of this project Yuri Kozyrev went to the city of Sevastopol and took pictures of the May 9th 2014 Victory Day parade and preparations for it. We can also see among his shots the scenes of World War II reconstructions held in Crimea by Military historical societies, Russian army and fleet workdays, World War II veterans' portraits. The Second World War or the Great Patriotic War means a lot for Crimea: there was fierce fighting with the Nazi on the peninsula. October 1941 to July 1942 was a period of Sevastopol defensive operation. In May 1944 the peninsula was liberated after the Crimean Offensive. During 4 years of battles more than 100 thousand Red Army soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing.

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Left: Nina Borscheva, 94, major, World War II veteran<br />  Right: Nikolay Baranov, 92, captain 1st rank near the Obelisk in honor of the Hero-City of Sevastopol on Cape Khrustalny

Left: Nina Borscheva, 94, major, World War II veteran
Right: Nikolay Baranov, 92, captain 1st rank near the Obelisk in honor of the Hero-City of Sevastopol on Cape Khrustalny

 

Left: Ivan Matsegor, 92, colonel Right: Shevkie Abibullaeva, 91

Left: Ivan Matsegor, 92, colonel Right: Shevkie Abibullaeva, 91

 

Left: Alexey Strelnikov, 89, captain 1st rank on Sapun Hill Right: Denis Eokhin, 89, colonel

Left: Alexey Strelnikov, 89, captain 1st rank on Sapun Hill Right: Denis Eokhin, 89, colonel

World War II veterans watch the rehearsal of the Russian fighter aircraft drilling aerobatiс

World War II veterans watch the rehearsal of the Russian fighter aircraft drilling aerobatiс


Victory Day celebrations in the city of Sevastopol

Victory Day celebrations in the city of Sevastopol

 

The performance for World War II veterans at Sevastopol Dramatic Theatre named after Anatoly Lunacharsky

The performance for World War II veterans at Sevastopol Dramatic Theatre named after Anatoly Lunacharsky

 

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical German Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical German Army uniforms take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

 

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

Members of the Russian history clubs and their children wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

Members of the Russian history clubs and their children wearing historical Red Army uniform take part in the reconstruction of one of the most significant battles in World War II on Sapun Hill

 

Reconstruction of the battle on Sapun Hill, which happened in May 1944

Reconstruction of the battle on Sapun Hill, which happened in May 1944

 

The city of Sevastopol, 2014, The Victory Day Eve. Marines prepare for the funeral of bodies of soldiers fallen at the battlefields of World War Two. To remember the sacrifice of fallen soldiers is viewed as a holy duty in Sevastopol, which endured a 247-day-long siege by Hitler's army in 1941-42

The city of Sevastopol, 2014, The Victory Day Eve. Marines prepare for the funeral of bodies of soldiers fallen at the battlefields of World War Two. To remember the sacrifice of fallen soldiers is viewed as a holy duty in Sevastopol, which endured a 247-day-long siege by Hitler's army in 1941-42

 

Sevastopol Crimea May 06 2014: The   rehearsal  of the military  parade  in Sevastopol

Sevastopol Crimea May 06 2014: The rehearsal of the military parade in Sevastopol

 

Russian officers run to the Nakhimov square to take part in a rehearsal for the May 9th Victory Day parade in Sevastopol. May 6th 2014

Russian officers run to the Nakhimov square to take part in a rehearsal for the May 9th Victory Day parade in Sevastopol. May 6th 2014

 

Students at the Victory Day parade rehearsal in Sevastopol with the portraits of Soviet Army soldiers who were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medals

Students at the Victory Day parade rehearsal in Sevastopol with the portraits of Soviet Army soldiers who were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medals

 

Russian Black sea fleet officers stand on the stairs of Grafskaya Quay during the rehearsal of the military parade. May 6th 2014

Russian Black sea fleet officers stand on the stairs of Grafskaya Quay during the rehearsal of the military parade. May 6th 2014

 

Marines stay on the stairs of Grafskaya Quay before the rehearsal of the military parade. Grafskaya Quay is the main ceremonial wharf of Sevastopol, a peculiar emblem of the city, a landmark. May 6th 2014

Marines stay on the stairs of Grafskaya Quay before the rehearsal of the military parade. Grafskaya Quay is the main ceremonial wharf of Sevastopol, a peculiar emblem of the city, a landmark. May 6th 2014

 

Victory Day parade in Sevastopol. May 9th 2014

Victory Day parade in Sevastopol. May 9th 2014

 

Rise of flag on the missile cruiser 'Moskva'

Rise of flag on the missile cruiser 'Moskva'

 

The graduation of the officers at Nakhimov Naval Academy in Sevastopol. June 2014

The graduation of the officers at Nakhimov Naval Academy in Sevastopol. June 2014

 

Priests baptize the naval knives of Nakhimov Naval Academy graduates in Saint Vladimir's Cathedral - the burial place of the renowned Russian admirals

Priests baptize the naval knives of Nakhimov Naval Academy graduates in Saint Vladimir's Cathedral - the burial place of the renowned Russian admirals

 

A cadet on duty in the sleeping section at Nakhimov Naval Academy

A cadet on duty in the sleeping section at Nakhimov Naval Academy

 

Diving training at Nakhimov Naval Academy

Diving training at Nakhimov Naval Academy

 

Training of Marine infantry in Sevastopol

Training of Marine infantry in Sevastopol

 

Cossack cadets camp at the forest not far from Simferopol. Campers receive lessons in discipline and military training

Cossack cadets camp at the forest not far from Simferopol. Campers receive lessons in discipline and military training

 

Cossack cadets camp at the forest not far from Simferopol

Cossack cadets camp at the forest not far from Simferopol

 

Simferopol Crimea May 05 2014: Cossack cadets camp  at  the  forest  not  far  from  Simferopol. Campers receive lessons in discipline and military training.

Simferopol Crimea May 05 2014: Cossack cadets camp at the forest not far from Simferopol. Campers receive lessons in discipline and military training

 

Visitors rest at Sevastopol embankment - a main walking area in the city center. There're Sevastopol bay and city's Northern district in the background

Visitors rest at Sevastopol embankment - a main walking area in the city center. There're Sevastopol bay and city's Northern district in the background

 

The city of Sevastopol. June 22nd 2014. Locals gather in the place where the first bomb hit the city on June 22nd 1941

The city of Sevastopol. June 22nd 2014. Locals gather in the place where the first bomb hit the city on June 22nd 1941

 

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