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Saturday, 20 May 2017

20 May 2017. Here are MY Heroes… Вечная слава! Во веки слава!

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Today, a great man turned 100-years-old! Let’s all celebrate his birthday and spread the news far and wide! Mikhail Vasilyevich Podgursky was in the Naval Infantry, serving in the Winter War against Finland, the VOV, and the war against the Japanese fascists. He was born in Moscow in 1917, serving in the forces from 1938 to 1946. Mikhail Vasilyevich was at the front serving with the 7, 14, 32, and 38 Armies, leaving service as a war invalid due to serious wounds. He served with the Naval Infantry in the Northern and Pacific Fleets. He received numerous orders and medals for his service in the VOV. He was a double laureate at exhibitions at the VDNKh. Ship models created by M V Podgursky are in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 on Poklonnaya Gora and in schools and museums in Moscow, St Petersburg, Stalingrad (Volgograd), Sevastopol, Murmansk, Tula, and other cities. For his active and long work in military-patriotic education, Mikhail Vasilyevich received numerous honorary medals and citations from the Moscow and the Russian Committees for War Veterans, the Minoborony Rossii, the Russian Navy, ROSTO, the Ministry of Culture, and other organisations. On 17 May 2017, Mikhail Vasilyevich will celebrate his 100th birthday! Our best wishes to you and we hope for your continued good health, Mikhail Vasilyevich! To the Great Victory! We bow before you, for the Great Victory you won!

17 May 2017

Sergei Suslov

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

18 April 2017. These are My Heroes…

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On 17 April 1945, the Nazis executed Hannie Schaft, a brave Dutch communist antifascist fighter. Hannie… or the “Red-haired girl”… started her antifascist fight with small acts. She used to steal ID cards for Jewish residents. Upon leaving university, she joined the Raad van Verzet or “Council of Resistance”, a resistance movement that had close ties to the Communist Party of the Netherlands. Rather than act as a courier, Schaft wanted to work with weapons. She was responsible for sabotaging and assassinating various targets. She carried out various attacks on Germans and Dutch Nazis, collaborators, and traitors. The Nazis eventually arrested her at a military checkpoint in Haarlem on 21 March 1945, whilst distributing the illegal communist newspaper de Waarheid. After interrogation, torture, and solitary confinement, Dutch Nazi officials identified and assassinated Schaft on 17 April 1945.

17 April 2017

Dmitri Kovalevich

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

9 March 2017. Today was Yu A Gagarin’s Birthday

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Today was the birthday of Yu A Gagarin, the first man to fly into outer space. The Anglo toddlers have never lived that one down…

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

26 February 2017. A Thought from F N Glinka… What Is a Hero?

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Click here for a bio of F N Glinka, one of the Decembrists. He was in prison for only a short time for his revolutionary ties (less than a year); Fyodor Nikolayevich remained an active public figure until his death in his 80s. In his 70s, he organised charitable work in Tver, including soup kitchens and craft schools for the poor.

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