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YABLOKO commemorated heroes and victims of the Second World War

Press Release
May 9, 2011

A solemn ceremony was traditionally held at Preobrazhenskoye Cemetery, the largest military burial in Moscow, on Victory Day May 9.

Photo: Sergei Mitorkhin and Svetlana Kuznetsova, head of YABLOKO's Soldiers' Mothers faction, laying flowers to the Eternal Flame.

Participants in the ceremony went in a mourning procession to the memorial. YABLOKOТs leaders Sergei Mitrokhin, Grigory Yavlinsky, Sergei Ivanenko and Alexei Arbatov laid three wreaths to the eternal flame.

Photo: Sergei Ivanenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Grigory Yavlinsky and Alexei Arbatov.

Several dozens people Ц YABLOKOТs supporters and party members Ц brought red carnations to the memorial. A minute's silence in memory of those killed in World War II was held.

Photo: Grigory Yavlinsky and Sergei Mitrokhin.

"For many years we have been gathering here on this bright and holy day by the graves of fallen soldiers who made such a day possible,Ф Sergei Mitrokhin said opening a short memorial rally.

Alexei Arbatov, member of the YABLOKOТs Political Committee and head of the Centre for International Security of the Academy of Sciences, called Victory Day "the day of a real rather than seeming unity of people against fascism." He expressed gratitude to those who survived the terrible war and wished them long life.

Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the party and member of YABLOKOТs Political Committee, called all to live up to the memory of fallen soldiers. "We remember, we grieve, we will never forget them and protect our future from fascism. This is our duty, " Yavlinsky concluded.

After the ceremony a military field kitchen was deployed. Everyone could taste porridge with stewed meat, dried fruit compote and 100 grams of vodka, a typical soldierТs meal during the war. Older people sang wartime songs under accordion.

Vladimir Lukin, one of the founders of the party and the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, also came to the cemetery.

Photo: Vladimir Lukin, Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky.


On May 8 delegation of the YABLOKO party laid a wreath and flowers at the Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall.


See also:

More photographs at the Moscow YABLOKO web-site.

YABLOKO laid wreath and flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Press Release, May 8, 2011.


Press Release
May 9, 2011

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