At the height of the war in cold and hungry Moscow, a new metro line was launched – from the Ploshchad Sverdlova station, which is now called Teatralnaya, to the Zavod imeni Stalina, now – Avtozavodskaya. Along the way, two intermediate stations were being hastily completed – Paveletskaya and Novokuznetskaya. Professor Frolov of the Academy of Arts created mosaic panels for Novokuznetskaya based on Deineka's sketches in the besieged Leningrad, then they were delivered via the Road of Life. Of course, many people say now that building the metro amid the war was a purely propagandist move. It may be so, but the fact itself is impressive: convenient and useful metro stations are rarely built even now.
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