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The annual flower laying ceremony took place at the Wall of Names in “Freedom Park” memorial complex

The annual flower laying ceremony took place at the Wall of Names in “Freedom Park” memorial complex


Ambassador of Russia to South Africa H.E.Mr. Ilya Rogachev took part in the flower laying ceremony at the Wall of Names in “Freedom Park” memorial complex. The event was timed to the anniversary of unveiling the Russian section on the Wall comprising the names of 67 Soviet/Russian military experts who had died in the armed conflicts in the region of Southern Africa.

The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Belarus Alexander Sidoruk, Russian Defense Attaché Dmitrii Priimachuk, staff of the Embassies of Russia and Belarus. Veterans of South African organization “Umkhonto we Sizwe” which had conducted armed anti-apartheid struggle in 60s-90s of the XX century were the guests of honour at the ceremony.

In his address to the participants of the event, H.E.Mr. Ilya Rogachev indicated the preservation of historical legacy as one of the principal points on Russian – South African agenda. “I would like to express gratitude to everyone for finding time to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. Thank you all for your attention to our common history,” the Ambassador said.

For his part, “Umkhonto we Sizwe” General Mr. Abel Nontshweleka reminded of the assistance provided to the liberation movements in Southern Africa by the Soviet Union and thanked the authorities of Pretoria for their decision to perpetuate the memory of Soviet servicemen on the Wall of Names.

“No matter what happens in future, we will continue to tell our children and the children’s children about the Soviet contribution to the freedom that we enjoy in South Africa and in southern Africa,” noted General A.Nontshweleka.






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