In Russia, 2020 has been declared the Year of Memory and Glory. On May 9, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Today we again recall the unparalleled exploits and colossal sacrifices, the self-denial and patriotism, the heroic struggle of our people for the freedom and independence of the Motherland. Our sacred duty is to preserve, pass from generation to generation and not to tarnish the memory of the harsh trials of those years and the triumph over fascism.
It was the Soviet Union that made a decisive contribution to the defeat of Nazism. The heroism of the Red Army, shown in the battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, the Kursk Bulge, Leningrad, the Vistula and Oder, and finally in Berlin, predetermined the crushing defeat of the aggressor. For the Victory, we paid the greatest price in history – 27 million dead Soviet citizens. The feat of our soldiers will forever remain an example of fortitude, indomitable spirit and selfless service to the Motherland.
Unfortunately, today active attempts are being made to revise the generally recognized results of the Second World War. In a number of states, there is a persistent effort to justify the crimes of the Nazis and their accomplices. All this distorts the historical truth and causes serious damage to interstate communication. We consider the celebration of the Victory Anniversary as an opportunity to once again remind the world community of the lessons of the past and protect the true history from falsifications.
Patriots of Russia participated not only in the battles of the Great Patriotic War. Wherever they fought against the Nazis - in the ranks of the Resistance, in Partisan groups - there were our compatriots. In Yugoslavia, Italy, and France, there were 40,000 Partisans from Russia.
We celebrate our holiday on a planetary scale. Various events take place on all continents. On the initiative of our compatriots, the actions “Immortal Regiment”, “St. George's Ribbon”, “Lines scorched by War” and others have become traditional in Nepal. They are joined by Nepalese graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities, and many other concerned people.
Years pass, but as long as there is an Immortal Regiment, the Memory is Alive.
Happy Victory Day!