Each of us must know the history of their country and honour heroic deeds of their ancestors. Memory of the courage and heroism of our people shall be passed from generation to generation, connecting us not only with consanguinity but also with patriotic past and future where true love to the Motherland is expressed by paying tribute to every heroic deed, every soldier, every person and every city - to everyone who fought, died and survived in severe years of the Great Patriotic War. Our future will be significantly determined by development of the young minds, their moral vision and their relation towards history.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation devotes to it a separate block of studies in its educational institutions, bringing the young men up in the best historical and patriotic traditions, using real examples of these hard and glorious historical pages and memories left by the War. The Investigative Committee regularly invites veterans of investigation and veterans of the Great Patriotic War to its events in order to mentor future investigators, to provide them with an opportunity to dialogue with participants of these events and to secure in them senses of patriotism and responsibility for the future of our country.
On the 25th of October 2018 students of Saint Petersburg Academy of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and cadets of the Saint Petersburg Cadet School of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation attended a lesson of courage in The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad museum.
Valery Bystrov, a citizen of blockade Leningrad, third class State Counsel for Justice Alexander Dvoryansky, veteran of investigation, Major General for Justice Sergey Petrov, Head of Educational Outreach Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, hero of Russia, Lt. Gen. Alexander Efremov, the Rector of the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and other invited guests took part in this event.
Students of the Academy and cadets listened to the story of heroism of Leningrad citizens during the Great Patriotic War with great attention and paid tribute to veterans and citizens of blockade Leningrad who saved the city and granted people with happiness to live, to work, to study and to bring up children and grandchildren
Maria Kalyanova, the head of subsidiary of The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad addressed the audience and then the host of the lesson of courage Oleg Kharchenko, the Dean of specialist training faculty of the Law Institute of the Academy and a student of the Academy recited a poem “Remember!”
A minute of silence was proclaimed in the memory of all deceased defenders, warriors and citizens of blockade Leningrad and then flowers were placed to The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on behalf of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. In the end of the lesson of courage young people viewed an exhibition of the memory hall of the monument and watched a documentary about blockade Leningrad containing genuine events of those days.
After the film the audience had a touching dialogue with the present veterans, through which young men and women could not only find out information on those events from witnesses, but also feel the minutes of every day, every minute constant sleepless fight for life, for peace, for humanity Leningrad citizens fought for. The young men got to know what was it like for the real witnesses and participants of those events to see this war in their early age, to see all the horror heroic city of Leningrad had to face, to find out what kind of memories and lessons they have carried through decades and what trace it left in their hearts.
On the 26th of October the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation hosted a meeting with Great Patriotic War veterans devoted to the 75th anniversary of full liberation of Leningrad from fascist blockade. Igor Marshan, participant of the Victory Parade of 1945, Vladimir Busulukov and Yury Dianov, citizens of blockade Leningrad, and labour veteran Yury Andreev attended the meeting along with Investigative Committee officers.
Major General for Justice Sergey Petrov, the Head of the Educational Outreach Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. In his speech he talked about the courage and heroism of Soviet people that managed to withstand the fight with German fascist invaders and to face all challenges of the war period. Sergey Petrov encouraged to remember the genuine history of that Great War in which “Soviet people defended its freedom, its independence and its right to live at the cost of millions of lives”.
Lt. Gen. Alexander Efremov, the Rector of the Academy, addressed the students and the cadets to underline importance of paying tribute to severe challenges Leningrad citizens had to face during the Great Patriotic War and reminded that it is important to secure intergenerational resilience and to preserve experience of comrades-in-chief.
The meeting continued with inviting the veterans to the microphone. Each speaker shared his own memories of war and post-war ages, of difficulties they faced at a very early age. All present veterans were unanimous that it is necessary to preserve the historical memory and to pass it to the future generations and that it is crucial to avoid bloodshed like that in future. Students and cadets present at the meeting listened to the speeches and to the memories of the veterans with great attention.
In conclusion of the creative part of the meeting the audience once again expressed gratitude to the veterans for their desire to share their experience and knowledge and a hope that this interaction will continue in future meetings.