The regime of self-isolation did not prevent the Russians and Serbs from celebrating Victory Day together. A sincere desire to honor the memory of Soviet and Yugoslav heroes united people in Russia and Serbia. According to the authorities of Yugoslavia, over seven thousand Red Army soldiers who perished during the liberation of the country were buried on its territory. Marshal Tito, paying tribute to the Soviet soldier-liberator in 1957 ordered to perpetuate the memory of the fallen, create military graves: to transfer the ashes of the dead heroes from the memorials across the country, and this year a monument - the Eternal Flame, - a sign of memory of our joint history, a symbol of unity and victory of the Russian and Serbian people will be erected in the memorial complex to the liberators of Belgrade.
Serbia as a part of the former Yugoslavia suffered heavy losses. The action dedicated to the fallen heroes - "Immortal Regiment", officially proclaimed by the authorities of the country in 2019 as a state event in Serbia, is annually celebrated on May 9.
The ceremony was held in the city of Nish. Representatives of the city administration, the Armed Forces of Serbia, employees of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center, representatives of the Union of Veterans of Serbia and other public organizations paid tribute to the warrior heroes. The management of the Center A. Mamchenkov and B. Kostic, on behalf of the employees of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center, laid wreaths at the Liberators Monument in the city center, on the graves of two Russian soldiers, Lieutenant Colonel P. Andreev and Sergeant I. Gizatullin, who had died here on October 14, 1944 and the memorial to Soviet soldiers who had died on November 7, 1944.
Unfortunately, this year hundreds of Nish residents who had participated in such an action in 2019 could not take part in the Immortal Regiment campaign. But as we know that in Serbia, the traditions of antifascism are protected, that Serbia resists attempts to falsify history and protects monuments to those who died for the liberation of Yugoslavia in World War II. This is also evidenced by the fact that Serbia, among the ten OSCE participating states signed a joint statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II, which says: “... we consider it especially important to protect the historical truth about the World War II, not to allow revision of its legal results, including taking into consideration the goals and principles of the UN Charter and the decisions of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg .. ".
Obviously, the memory of this war, the greatest tragedy of mankind that our fathers and grandfathers managed to stop at the cost of their lives, must be stored and passed on from generation to generation and not allowed to make any attempts to distort it.
As a contribution to this noble intention, and the city preparation for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, the facade of the RSHC building was decorated with a banner dedicated to this significant date.