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In the lead-up to the celebratory date the All-Russian patriotic action - relay "The Path of Memory" dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War - reached its final destination - Brest.
At the Ceremonial Square by the Eternal Flame in the territory of Memorial Complex "Brest-Hero Fortress" delegations of the two countries - Russia and Belarus, direction of the Memorial Complex, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, cadets of cadet classes and two Cadet Corps of the Investigative Committee of Russia took part in solemn and commemorative events.
The Brest Fortress stays a symbol of resilience, courage and heroism during the Great Patriotic War, memorializing in its monuments and obelisks the memory of the glorious warriors - defenders of the Motherland, of indomitable Soviet people struggling against the Hitler invaders. Brest was the first to face a strongest possible fascist attack: in the early morning of June 22, 1941 Brest Fortress had suffered a sudden bombing. The garrison steadfastly held the position obstructing the ambitions of the occupants to take over the fortress in several hours.
The events started with placement of wreaths and flowers to the Eternal Flame to mark the memory of ancestors deceased during the bitter war.
The Head of the Educational Outreach Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia Hero of Russia Sergey Petrov handed over to Director of the Memorial Complex Grigory Bysyuk a "symbolic time capsule" that passed through the whole Russia to be eternally stored in the Fortress Museum. Sergey Petrov expressed confidence that the capsule will take its rightful place among the exhibits of the museum representing eternal friendship between Belarus and Russia.
The similar "time capsule" where the participants of the action put soil of the Brest Hero Fortress and Minsk Hero City the Russian delegation will deliver to the Museum of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
Grigory Bysyuk thanked the organizers of the patriotic action and the officers of investigative committees of Russia and Belarus and underlined significance of such events for keeping the genuine history of our peoples.
The historically significant place also hosted the solemn ceremony of awarding veterans of the Great Patriotic War awarded by the decision of Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin with the Committee awards. Musical ensembles of investigative committees of Russia and the Republic of Belarus played patriotic compositions for the audience.
This year the Investigative Committee relay "The Path of Memory" is finished, but our memory has no limits. In anticipation of the Jubilee 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory over the fascist invaders Investigative Committee of Russia once more initiates a number of special events dedicated to the feat of Soviet warriors and frontiersmen.