MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the Slovak city of Zvolen, at the Central Military Memorial Cemetery of the Red Army, the installation of memorial plates with the names of Soviet servicemen buried there – 11327 people – has been completed.
Employees of the Representative Office of the Russian Ministry of Defense for the organization and conduct of military memorial work in the Slovak Republic have been compiling this personal list for more than two years. They needed to scrupulously and thoroughly examine the archives of the Russian military department. Investigated reports of irrecoverable losses, documents from field hospitals, burial books, orders for de-listing, war logs stored on the portals “Memory of the People”, WBS “Memorial”, “Exploit of the people”.
In addition, work was carried out with the register of military graves of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Slovakia, the body responsible in the country for military memorial activities. The historical and modern maps of the republic are compared in places where battles took place during the Second World War.
Also, a constant work was introduced with appeals of citizens – relatives of the participants in the Great Patriotic War, who liberated Slovakia from fascism. The information received from them was checked and, if it was confirmed that the indicated Red Army soldier died on the territory of the Slovak Republic, his name, in agreement with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Slovakia, was entered in the passport of a military burial and in the list for putting on memorial plates.
This large-scale and noble project has united several generations and two countries. Employees of the Russian Embassy in the Slovak Republic, volunteers from different cities of Russia, compatriots living in Slovakia, Slovak schoolchildren, teachers, public figures, historians, veterans, for whom it is important to preserve the memory of the exploits of the Red Army as a token of gratitude for their freedom.
Employees of the Representative Office of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Slovakia have developed detailed instructions for caring volunteers on how to work with the databases of the Russian military department, which are available in the public domain.
After that, the final stage took place – the final check of the names of the buried, the elimination of duplicate names from it, the correction of technical inaccuracies, after which work began on the creation of layouts of commemorative tables and their installation.
In the year of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, the global project is completed. At the cemetery in the city of Zvolen, you can now see 120 memorial plates with the names of the Red Army soldiers who are buried there.
Research work by the Representative Office of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Slovakia will continue to bring back from oblivion the name of every hero buried there and to perpetuate his memory.
In total, 17280 Soviet soldiers and officers were buried in 320 single and 18 mass graves at the Central Military Memorial Cemetery of the Red Army in Zvolen. The cemetery was opened in 1946. In the post-war years, the remains of the Red Army soldiers exhumed from the surrounding areas were reburied here.
The dominant feature of the memorial complex is a 15-meter obelisk, erected on a stepped base, topped with a five-pointed metal star and framed by an olive branch. The War Memorial Cemetery is a cultural monument protected by the state.
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