A fresco of Gagarin
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Documentary looks at cult of Russia's famous spaceman

He was the first man to fly in space and the heroism of Yuri Gagarin is still celebrated in Russia 51 years after the momentous event.

One town south of Moscow has been renamed Gagarin after the Soviet cosmonaut.

Documentary-maker Vladimir Kozlov has been there to film 'Gagarinland', a documentary which provides revealing insights into the cult of Gagarin and the state of the Russian provinces.

BBC Russian's Alexander Kan reports.

  • 13 Apr 2012
  • From the section Europe
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