On May 6, 2019, nine Russian veterans who traveled a long way from Moscow to
Leeds took part in celebrations marking the 74th anniversary of the Great Victory.
Every year, Russian society Baltika based in the city of Leeds holds a Memorial Day,
dedicated to the end of World War II. The event began with the flower-laying
ceremony at the grave of the Soviet soldier. The concert that followed opened with a
minute of silence in memory of those killed in the crash at Sheremetyevo Airport in
Participants of military events told about their difficult fate, shared memories, sang
songs and read poems. The meeting was also attended by British veteran Jeffrey
The Lord Mayor of Leeds Graham Latty, who was born before the war, attended the
important Russian-British event. The head of the city shared his memories of the
wartime and thanked the organizers, participants, and guests of the event for
preserving historical memory. The chairperson of the Russian society Baltika and the
head of the “Meeting Veterans” project Karina Polyakova expressed her gratitude to
the organizers of the meeting. Veterans received memorable gifts and flowers.
Based on materials of the charitable organization Baltika (Leeds).