Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin handed the flag over to the Director of Saint Petersburg Cadet School of the Investigative Committee in a form of ceremony. The ceremony took place in the Peter and Paul fortress.
The event was attended by Acting Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov; Chief of the Main Investigations Directorate for Saint Petersburg Alexander Klaus; Acting Chief of the Leningrad Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia Pavel Vymenets; Director of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History Alexander Kolyakin; Commander of the Northwest Red Banner military division of the National Guard of the Russian Federation Pavel Dashkov; Chief of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Region Sergey Umnov; Chief of the Main Directorate of EMERCOM of Russia in Saint Petersburg Alexey Anikin; other representatives of regional authorities, armed forces, intellectuals; officers of Investigative Committee departments; professors and students of the Academy of the Committee; cadets; relatives of the students; and other honoured guests.
In his welcoming speech, Alexander Bastrykin recognised this event as historical and underlined that the flag is not only a symbol of the Cadet School, it also symbolizes honour and dignity and securing heritage of older generations. Alexander Bastrykin wished cadets to reach their goal - to enter the Academy of the Investigative Committee of Russia and to become Investigative Committee officers, to serve and protect their Motherland.
Alexander Bastrykin awarded Alexander Beglov with a memorable gift for his contribution in the Committee. In his turn, Alexander Beglov welcomed the public and noted that the event took place in the very heart of Saint Petersburg and that the place of the ceremony - the Peter and Paul Fortress - is historical. And today was the start for the new history of the Cadet School. “An officer must comply with principles of honour and dignity, to represent and defend the Cadet School with dignity. I wish you luck and to always remain patriots of your country,” Alexander Beglov said.
He presented a gift to the Cadet School - a painting of St. Isaak Cathedral, being a spiritual symbol of Saint Petersburg, and presented Alexander Bastrykin with a painting of the Peter and Paul Cathedral to remember the today’s event.
Veteran of investigation, Lt. Gen. Vitaly Pirozhnyak also congratulated the public on this significant event.
Alexander Bastrykin awarded Director of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History Alexander Kolyakin with a memorable gift. Chief of the Main Investigations Directorate for Saint Petersburg Alexander Klaus was awarded with a Presidential Certificate of Merit for his meritorious service in law enforcement and conscientious work. Rector of the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Investigative Committee was awarded a medal for diligent service.
It is symbolic that the ceremony took place in the Peter and Paul fortress. As the Head of the Committee noted, it is a sacred site for Russian history located close to the grave of Peter the Great - the creator of Russian investigation. “The place is inseparably linked with heroic history of our Motherland, with names of rulers of our country who glorified Russia and this makes the event especially great and special,” he added.
After the flag was handed over to the Director of the Cadet School, the cadets recited words of their Pledge of Allegiance to promise firmly and confidently to be loyal to traditions of cadet fraternity and to the Motherland and to devote all their energies to serve the Law, the good and the justice.
Exhorting the young cadets Alexander Bastrykin expressed his confidence that kind traditions will be continued due to their efforts. The young generation is to know well and to remember the history of its country, to be proud of heroic deeds and achievements of their fathers and grandfathers. The Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia also reminded the students about responsibility the cadet title imposes: “You have chosen one of the most challenging, noble and courageous professions and soon you will replace current generation of investigative officers. The future of Russia is in your hands. Always remember about it.”
The solemn ceremony was closed with placing of flowers to the tomb of Peter I in the Peter and Paul Cathedral and a guided tour of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History.