On Victory Day, Andrei Maslov, Russian Ambassador to Greece, and Major General Alexander Prikhodko, Defense Attache, laid wreaths and flowers at the monument to Soviet soldiers who died for the freedom and independence of Greece, on Syngrou Avenue in Athens (Kallithea).
Andrey Maslov said:
We have just laid wreaths at the monument to the Soviet soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War, who fought together with the Greek resistance for the liberation of Greece from the Nazi invaders. Today, throughout the day, our compatriots, representatives of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots, ordinary citizens, will come to the monument to pay tribute to the feat of Soviet soldiers. Commemorative events are being held and will be held throughout the country these days.
The diplomat said that on Sunday, May 8, at the municipal cemetery in the city of Chania, Crete, flowers were laid at the monument to 33 Soviet liberators who gave their lives for the liberation of the island. He announced:
Today in Thessaloniki there will also be a laying ceremony organized by our Consulate General and organizations of compatriots.
There will be other events as well. Literally in the coming days, here in Athens, the Russian-Greek club “Dialogue” is holding an international scientific conference dedicated to the fight against the falsification of history, in particular, the history of the Great Patriotic War. In a word, as usual, this year we are celebrating this great day everywhere.
General Prikhodko said that the Russian military visited three veterans of the Great Patriotic War on the eve of Victory Day: they conveyed congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin and memorable gifts to them. On May 9, employees of the military attache laid wreaths at the grave of Soviet soldier Nikolai Shevel at the allied cemetery in Paleo Faliro in Athens. Flowers will also be laid on the graves of the fallen and deceased war veterans.
Representatives of public organizations and ordinary citizens carried flowers to the monument on Singru Avenue in the morning. In the Athenian district of Kallithea, in the square near the monument to the Soviet soldier, rally was helddedicated to Victory Day. After the end of the solemn part, a concert took place.