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Russian Embassy Delegation Honoured the Memory of Hero of the Boer War L.Pokrowsky

Russian Embassy Delegation Honoured the Memory of Hero of the Boer War L.Pokrowsky

 

On 4-6 March 2021, Ambassador of Russia to South Africa H.E.Mr.Ilya Rogachev accompanied by the military attaché and the Embassy’s staff paid a visit to Utrecht, KZN, during which the diplomats and their family members laid flowers to Leo Pokrowsky monument, the officer of the Russian Army who died in the Boer War. The ceremony was also attended by local residents.

In his address to the participants of the ceremony, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of preserving the historical truth for future generations. The head of the Russian mission extended his gratitude to the South Africans for the preservation of the memory of Russian soldiers and medical workers who had participated in the Boer War.

In total, some 270 Russian volunteers fought for the Boers in 1899-1902. The best known among them is captain Leo Pokrowsky who had been placed in charge of a partisan unit. The “Russian captain” as he was called by the Boers, died heroically at the hands of a British sniper in Utrecht’s outskirts on 25 December 1900.

 

 

 


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