The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted a commemorative evening dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad. The evening was prepared by an initiative group of Volgograd residents living in the UK led by Olga Igumnova. During the meeting, the guests of the event once again remembered the history of the battle on the Volga shores, re-read the memories of participants and eyewitnesses, and discussed the significance of the Great Victory in Stalingrad for the course of the World War II.
A separate part of Olga Igumnova’s speech was dedicated to the roots of public diplomacy, which originated in wartime thanks to the efforts of residents of Soviet Stalingrad and British Coventry. This movement continues to the present day in various forms, particularly, the movement of twin cities and Peace Messengers Cities, movement for reconciliation. Guests of the evening learned the story of Queen Mother receiving the title “Honorary Citizen of Volgograd” and celebrated the 75th anniversary of the award of the Sword of Stalingrad, forged by special decree of the British King George VI as a sign of admiration for the courage shown by Soviet defenders.
The address of the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov noted the importance of preserving the memory of the Second World War and the role of the twin city movement in establishing constructive relations between countries, as well as in strengthening mutual understanding and building trust between nations.
The Deputy Chairman of the Coventry City Council Abdul Salam Khan underlined the importance of joint work of the Russian and British sides in the framework of the twin city movement and spoke about the efforts of the Coventry City Council in this respect. In particular, he noted the upcoming opening of the new Volgograd Square.
Those present honored the memory of the fallen with a minute of silence.