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Moscow region

On May 9, on the day of the 77th anniversary of the Victory, the Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobyov, together with members of the search teams and members of the Yunarmiya in the Victory Square “Liberation” in Lotoshino, laid flowers at the Memorial to the Fallen Soldiers.

The names of 3755 inhabitants of all villages and villages of the district are immortalized here. The memorial was opened in September 2021. The authors, together with the search engines, collected the names for several months.

In the center of the square in 2020, the panel “Victory Tank” was installed – this is an image composed of 3 thousand photographs of Lotoshino residents – participants in the Great Patriotic War. As well as commemorative plaques with the names of more than 4.8 thousand residents of the district, who returned alive from the fronts of the Second World War.

Lotoshino is one of the important frontiers in the Battle of Moscow. The area was under occupation for 3 months. During this time, the Nazis killed thousands of residents, wiped out more than 120 of the 146 settlements of the Lotoshinsky district. Fierce battles were fought over this land.

The governor spoke with young searchers who are participating in an expedition to the village of Mikulino, where in early May the remains of 102 civilians shot by Nazi invaders in 1941 were discovered.

“Every year, as part of the Memory Watch, we open the search season. About 120 teams work in different municipalities. I want to thank everyone who leads these groups. The movement has been running for decades. Our main task is to preserve the memory. And a large number of people in different parts of the Moscow region are working on this,” the governor said.

According to archival data, about 700 patients and doctors of the regional psychiatric hospital died at the hands of the Nazis in Lotoshino.

“This is the first experience for search engines in the Moscow region to search for civilians tortured by Nazi troops. For two years we worked in the archives and found documents that describe the events that took place in Lotoshino in November-December 1941. On the eve of May 9, we managed to raise some of the remains – 102 people, – said Vladislav Ryazanov, commander of the Patriots of Muscovy search detachment, director of the Yunost youth center. – During the work, consolidated search groups were involved – these are 4 search teams from Noginsk, Chernogolovka, Odintsovo and Krasnoznamensk. Mostly teenagers, schoolchildren and those guys who have been working for more than a year took part in the expedition.

The expedition is carried out within the framework of the All-Russian memorial project “Without a statute of limitations”. In the regions of the country that fell into the zone of temporary occupation by the Nazi troops, archival and field research is being carried out. Based on their results, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiates criminal cases on Nazi war crimes against civilians.

“This is not my first excavation, but it so happened that the first one where we found so many people who were once brutally murdered by the Nazis. Now they will be reburied with honors, because this is a memory. The war will end when the last dead soldier is found. I really hope that we will continue to move in this direction,” said 17-year-old Vladimir Martselov, a member of the expedition.


Today, more than 2.5 thousand people are in the 121 search squad of the Moscow Region. About 1000 of them are schoolchildren and students. During the season, they organize expeditions to the battlefields, improve memorials, hold exhibitions and patriotic actions.

In 2021, 151 search expeditions were carried out, 207 missing fighters were found and the names of 19 heroes were established.

Andrey Vorobyov also thanked the children who took part in the Good Deed action to collect humanitarian aid for residents of the LDNR and the liberated territories of Ukraine in the schools of the region.

“There was not one of the 1,200 schools where the Good Deed action was held, where the children did not contribute to helping people. Such unity is very important,” the governor emphasized.

On the same day, Andrei Vorobyov congratulated veterans of the Great Patriotic War Nikolai Arsenievich and Anastasia Nikolaevna Sokolov on Victory Day. It is symbolic that in 2022 the couple celebrated the 77th anniversary since they got married. This is the longest marriage among all who now live in the suburbs.

“Dear Nikolai Arsenievich and Anastasia Nikolaevna, thank you for the invitation! I am very pleased to be with you today, thank you for being you, for your union, which is an example for everyone,” Andrey Vorobyov said. – On behalf of our entire generation, from the Moscow region, I want to say that we are proud of our veteran heroes, those who went through the war and who did a lot of good important deeds after it. Happy Victory Day!

Nikolai Arsenyevich Sokolov turned 100 in April. He was born in the Kalinin region, he was admitted to the front at the age of 21 – first near Tula, and a year later, after graduating from the 2nd Infantry School, he was transferred near Kaluga. There he ended up in the military unit of the marine 116th separate rifle brigade, which participated in breaking through the enemy defenses on the Oryol-Kursk Bulge. For military merits, the veteran was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, I degree, Zhukov medals, “For the victory over Germany.”

“In February 1943, I was wounded in both legs, I lay in the hospital, and in June I went to the front again. In August, he was again wounded – his arm was broken. And I was demobilized,” recalls the veteran. – I can give only one parting word to the new generation – we must live honestly, do not offend anyone, do good. Have honor and conscience.

Anastasia Nikolaevna Sokolova is 97 years old. She is a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a home front worker, a veteran of labor, a disabled person of the II group. She says that when she got married, she did not have a wedding dress and had to make it from an unusual material.

“I sewed it from the parachute of a German saboteur. Fortunately, he was white, – said the veteran. “My husband and I lived in neighboring villages. When the war started, I went to build an airfield near Kalinin, then I dug anti-tank ditches.

The Sokolovs raised three children, they also have 10 grandchildren. A large family regularly gathers on May 9 at the festive table in Lotoshino, where the couple have been living since 1980.

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