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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Photographer Dies

MOSCOW -- Yevgeny Khaldey, Stalin's photographer and the man who captured many of World War II's most significant moments, died Monday at age 80, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.


Khaldey became well-known when his picture showing a Russian soldier planting a Soviet flag on the Reichstag in Berlin went around the world.


He had been ill for many years, although the cause of death was not reported by Itar-Tass.


A Jewish orphan who escaped anti-semitic pogroms in Ukraine where his mother died, Khaldey worked for the Tass agency and then for the Communist Party newspaper Pravda.


All his war photographs, including Stalin at the Allied conference in Potsdam, were captured on a Leica camera bought from a second-hand dealer.