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23.04.2017 - 22: 36

The Greeks thanked the Soviet Union and Russia for his contribution to the victory over fascism

Greece and the Greeks know and remember who made a decisive contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany, and thanks for that the Soviet Union and Russia, said representatives of the local authorities and the Greek community on the solemn ceremony to commemorate World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis.

On Sunday at the tomb Kuznetsova was opened a memorial plaque with the mention of her exploits and awards. The memorial plaque was installed on the initiative of the vice-mayor of the municipality Phyllis Georgiosa Kritikosa.


The vice-mayor of the municipality Phyllis George Kritikos at the ceremony to commemorate the Great Patriotic War veteran Zinaida Alexandrovna Kuznetsova-Tsingelis

Earlier, the military attache of Russian Colonel Gennady Mozhaev and director of the Russian Scientific and Cultural Center Alexander Khomenko asked the municipality to leave the burial place of the veteran permanent on the ground that the deceased was the heroine and has many awards. Traditionally in Greece three years after the burial of the bones of the dead are dug out and placed in an ossuary - a special casket for the bones, which is put in the family tomb.

Municipality Phyllis not only agreed to the request of the embassy, ​​but also decided to perpetuate the memory of the war veteran.


Grandson of Aristotle Tsingelis at the ceremony to commemorate World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis in Greece

Russia and Greece have close friendly relations and the common struggle of the peoples against Nazi Germany during the Second World War, he explained in the municipality of his decision.

At the ceremony came to dozens of people - relatives of the veteran Russian diplomats, employees of the municipality, representatives of the Greek community.

The priests served requiem, representatives of military attaches, the Embassy of Russia, the Russian Center of Science and Culture and the Municipality of Phyllis laid wreaths on the grave of a veteran. anthems of Russia and Greece were performed.

The joint struggle

Zinaida Kuznetsova went to the front as a volunteer in 16 years 1941 year and passed the entire war signalman, having started the way from Moscow. During the operation to liberate Kiev Kuznetsova was a signalman in the air defense units in 1-th Ukrainian army, the commander of which was General of the Army Nikolai Fedorovich Vatutin.


Cultural attache Fedor Kalaida at the ceremony to commemorate World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis in Greece

Near Kiev Kuznetsova was badly injured, but after treatment continued to fight, ending the war a sergeant in the Guard 1945 in Germany. As she recalled to Berlin Guards her part has not reached 170 kilometers.

Among the awards Kuznetsova - Order of the Patriotic War, a lot of medals, a gold watch from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the award from the President of Uzbekistan.


At the ceremony to commemorate the World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis in Greece

After the war, Kuznetsova moved to Tashkent, where she met and married a Greek political refugee, then the family moved to Greece.

"The initiative of the municipality contributes to the Russian and Greek relations", - said Russian military attaché Colonel Mozhaev.

He called Kuznetsov heroine, a patriot of his country.

"We need to preserve and pass on to future generations of our history, the memory of the victory over fascism Today's event -. This is another step in the strengthening of Russian-Greek relations, which has a shared history is important to know our history, our veterans and to convey this memory to our children. that did not need to explain who won the war, because there are those who would in any way change the history ", - said the officer.

Mozhaev recalled that soon will celebrate Victory Day and wished them peace and faith in the future.


At the ceremony to commemorate the World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis in Greece

Cultural attache Fedor Kalaida on behalf of the Russian ambassador to Greece, thanked the municipal authorities for the organization of commemorative events in honor of Zinaida Kuznetsova.

"It is very important today, when there are forces who want to rewrite history, who do not want to know how the victory was achieved in the war, who do not want the new generation to know the historical truth. And the historical truth that the people of the Soviet Union won the that war. The historical truth is that the people of Greece, together with the Soviet people fought in the war. and we will not allow rewrite history. last year we had a cross-year friendship between Russia and Greece. The year ended, and the friendship continued, and we we see here and now ", - the tale l Kalaida.

Grandson Kuznetsova - a soldier of the Greek army Aristotle Tsingelis thanked the Embassy of Russia, Military Attache and the RCSC, the municipality of honors rendered to his grandmother.

"It is important to honor such people Thanks to them, we now have the freedom they fought for us.." - Tsingelis said.


Military attache of the Russian Federation Gennady Mozhaev at the ceremony to commemorate the World War II veteran Zinaidy Aleksandrovny Kuznetsovoy-Tsingelis in Greece

The vice-mayor of the municipality Phyllis George Kritikos said that the Greeks remembered the contribution of the Russian people to the victory.

"The Greek people, which has been at the forefront of the struggle against Nazism and fascism, recognizes the struggle of the Russian people and its contribution to the common victory. In Greece, there were thousands of heroes who fought, and we pay homage to those who deserve them. They deserve and Zinaida Kuznetsova "- kritikos said.

In an interview with RIA Novosti vice-mayor said that a general duty of all nations to keep the memory of the war.

"Those who forget history repeats its mistakes History repeats itself, but it can not prevent the recurrence of war." - Kritikos said.

A source: RIA News

Author: Gennady Melnik

Tags: Greece, Great Patriotic War, Russia, USSR