Cruiser Aurora Left its Moorings
For the first time since 1987, on Sunday September 21st, the Cruiser Aurora left its moorings. It was taken to the Kronstadt docks for repair works and will return to its permanent harbor only in 2016.
The Cruiser Aurora was built during the reign of last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. It had become a symbol of the Bolshevik Revolution after it fired a blank shot signaling to start the storming of Winter Palace in St Petersburg, in October 1917. That was the start of the new Soviet era and therefore it was decided to moor this famous battle-ship on the Neva River as a monument to the October Revolution. The Cruiser Aurora participated in all main military campaigns during the first half of 20th century and was turned into museum only after WWII in 1957.