2 March 2015
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Victory Day celebrated in Britain

The anniversary of Allied Victory in Europe and the contribution of the peoples of the former Soviet Union will be celebrated in Britain.

On 24 April, representatives of the Defence Attaché’s office of the Embassy will lay flowers to the graves of Soviet servicemen in Shaftesbury, Tidworth, Aldershot and Bristol. If you wish to join them, please contact us (press@rusemb.org.uk), and we will send you details on the exact time of memorial ceremonies and location of the graves.

On 29 April at 14.00 a memorial to the members of the Soviet-British military mission who died in an air crash in 1942 in Yorkshire will be unveiled near the site of the crash: Vine House, Main Street, Great Ouseburn YO26 9RQ.

On 5 May at 15.00 the Birmingham Russian School will lay flowers to the Hall of Memory in central Birmingham (http://www.hallofmemory.co.uk).

Between 6-7 May, representatives of the Defence Attaché’s office of the Embassy will lay flowers to the graves of Soviet servicemen in Leeds, Chester, Liverpool, Hartlepool, Harrogate, Huddersfield. If you wish to join them, please contact us (press@rusemb.org.uk), and we will send you details on the exact time of memorial ceremonies and location of the graves.

On 7 May at 14.00 a remembrance ceremony will be held in Manchester at the Cenotaph (St. Peter’s Sq.) with participation of the city authorities and representatives of the Russian Embassy.

On 7-12 May special week of events will be held at the Russian Arctic Convoys Museum in Wester Ross, Scotland. For more information see http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/tickets.php 

On 9 May at 10.45 flowers will be laid at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum in London, followed by the talk “Diplomat at war” at IWM (http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/diplomat-at-war). There will also be an invitation-only reception for the veterans of the Arctic Convoys aboard HMS Belfast and, from 18.30, a free gala concert of Russian and British bands at Hay’s Galleria.

On 9 May at 10.55 the wreath will be laid at the International Submarine Memorial in Dundee, Scotland together with the representatives of the local authorities and the consular corps. The memorial commemorates the lost crews of the Allied submarines based in Dundee during the World War II including the crew of the Soviet submarine V-1 lost in 1944.

On 9 May at 14.30 a remembrance ceremony will take place in the Isle of Jersey (Westmount Memorial, near St.Helier Crematorium) with participation of theIsland’s authorities and representatives of the Russian Embassy.

On 9 May at 16.00 a meeting will take place in Hull (At the Monument of the Unknown Soldier (near House of Fraser) Paragon Street HU1 3JZ Hull).

On the eve of the Victory Day, celebrated on 9 May in Russia, many Russians, including those who live in Britain, wear a symbol of remembrance – orange and black St. George’s ribbon, which can be obtained free of charge from the Embassy (applications with your postal address should be sent by post to 6/7 KensingtonPalaceGardens, London W8 4QP or email press@rusemb.org.uk).

We can also send you, free of charge, Russian war dramas and documentaries on DVD with English voiceover and subtitles for hire (see full list and information about the films at http://rusemb.org.uk/films, subject to availability).

Another wreath will be laid in Scotland on 9 May at the Arctic Convoys Memorial on Isle of Hoy, Orkney.

If you wish to join the remembrance events in Scotland, please contact the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh (visa@edconsul.co.uk).


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