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Arkhangelsk Commemorates 75th Anniversary of First Arctic Convoy

The city of Arkhangelsk is hosting a series of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first Allied Lend-Lease convoy to provide military supplies and food to the USSR in order to bolster the Soviet war effort against the Nazi Germany.

500 delegates from Russia, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, Iceland, Poland and the Netherlands, including ambassadors and 40 Allied WWII veterans, arrived in Arkhangelsk to participate in the commemoration ceremony marking the date that the first Arctic Convoy, 'Dervish', reached the city of Arkhangelsk.
The event was also attended by Princess Royal Anne of the British Royal Family and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, who honored the British sailors killed during WWII who were buried in Arkhangelsk. They attended a military orchestra concert, in which the orchestra of the Royal Marines Corps took part and other official events.

At the gala concert "The convoy that made it through the time," the Governor of Arkhangelsk Igor Orlov presented Her Royal Highness with the memorial sign "Dervish-75". The memorial sign was also presented to veterans of Arctic convoys, heads of diplomatic missions and special guests of the evening.

Princess Anne presented the North Sea Museum with the UK state award - "Arctic Star" medal, is awarded for service in the convoys in 1941-1945. About 3000 British Arctic Convoys veterans have been presented Ushakov medal, a Russian naval honour, over the last 2 years.





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