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View of the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, which is on the Moat (St. Basil’s Cathedral) and the Spasskaya Tower from behind the Kremlin wall. Author B. Ignatovich. 1930s. Main Archive of Moscow

The tops of the towers were successively renewed in 1935.

The Glavarchiv of the capital contains clippings from the newspaper “Rabochaya Moskva” of 1935, which tells in detail how four stars were installed, which replaced the eagles removed from the Kremlin towers.

The tops of the towers were renewed sequentially in 1935: on October 24, a new decoration was installed on the Spasskaya Tower, on October 25 – on Troitskaya, on the 26th – on Nikolskaya and on the 27th – on Borovitskaya. Newspaper clippings about the latest event have survived to this day, including a detailed article on the making of stars for the Spasskaya and Troitskaya towers.

On October 22, 1935, the staff of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) graduated from two Kremlin stars: a ray one for the Spasskaya Tower and a star with ears for Troitskaya. They managed to be created in just one month, and the completion coincided with the 18th anniversary of the October Revolution.

In many ways, this speed was associated with the introduction of Stakhanov methods into the work. The best specialists worked on the construction of the tops of the towers: engineers, technicians, designers, professors and scientists.

During the creation of stars, they mastered the processing of a new material – stainless steel. And for the gilding of details, a special workshop with eight baths was created – according to a new method developed by the Karpov Institute.

At the end of the work at the finished beam star for the Spasskaya Tower, the TsAGI team organized a rally, where aircraft designer Andrey Tupolev made a speech about the honorable and successfully completed task of the builders.

The stars, installed in 1935, served for two years. In 1937 they were replaced with new ones.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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