Regional Commissioners honored the memory of their compatriots on the Day of Memory and Grief

23 June 2017

On June 22, Commissioners for Human Rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation took part in events dedicated to the Day of Memory and Grief.

"We mourn all of those who sacrificed their lives to fulfil the duty, who defended their homeland and liberated the world from fascism. We bow our heads in respect of the winners and thank them for courage, steadfastness and heroism. Thanks to those who raised the country from ruins and revived the power of our state," Moscow Region Commissioner Ekaterina Semyonova said.

"We — the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the great heroes of the past — are obliged to retain the memory of them, of their unprecedented feat for ages to come. Let us never forget those who gave their lives for our Great Victory! Glory to those who defended our Motherland!", Saratov Commissioner Tatiana Zhurik addressed residents of the region.

"We should never forget about the heroism, the feat of those great people who fought not for medals, but for their country," Chelyabinsk Commissioner Margarita Pavlova recalled.

Commissioner for Human Rights in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area-Yugra Natalia Strebkova laid flowers at the foot of the memorial complex in the city of Beloyarskiy.

On the eve of the Day of Memory and Grief, almost five thousand Uralians lit the "Candle of Remembrance" in the center of Yekaterinburg. Traditionally, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova took part in the action.

Commissioner for Human Rights in the Kemerovo Region Nikolay Volkov honored the memory of fellow countrymen at the memorial of the Glory of the Kuzbas warriors.

Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Crimea Lyudmila Lubina took part in the ceremony of laying of flowers at the Eternal Light on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the territory of the Yuri Gagarin Park in the Crimean capital.

June 22, 1941, Germany, without declaring war, attacked the Soviet Union. More than 27 million of our compatriots died in the bloodiest war in the history of mankind.

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