Head of the LNR Government I V Plotnitsky honoured People’s Artist of the USSR I D Kobzon “for his invaluable contribution to the development of our young Republic”. The ceremony was at the Lenin Palace of Culture in Lugansk, where Iosif Davydovich gave a New Year’s concert. Plotnitsky said at the award ceremony:
Today, we have another convoy… but not a humanitarian aid convoy… it’s a cultural convoy. Once again, the Luganshchina* greets a beloved friend, one who first broke through the cultural blockade. He came when shells exploded all around us, when we had virtually nothing. He’s a mensch; he put his heart, soul, and everything that he’s got into the task of building our Republic. Therefore, now, let me hand over to Iosif Davydovich this honour from the LNR’s grateful people.
Iosif Davydovich replied:
I thank you for this honour; I’m ready to continue to serve the people of the Luganshchina. My task, as long as I’m able, is to serve you. With great joy I come to see you, my compatriots of my homeland. For me, the Luganshchina and Donetchina* are one homeland, a holy land. I wish peace upon it, and happy holidays to you!
28 December 2015
LITs Lugansk Information Centre
- Luganshchina: “Area ruled by or influenced by Lugansk”. In Russian, the suffix “shchina” indicates “ruled by” or “rule of”, therefore, “Lvovshchina” is the “area ruled (or “influenced”) by Lvov” and “Yezhovshchina” means “era ruled (or “influenced”) by Yezhov”.
- Donetchina: “Area ruled (or influenced) by Donetsk”