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Soviet Memorial Trust Fund

9th November 2010

MEMORIAL TO THE 27,000,000 SOVIET WAR DEAD 1941-1945
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, London Borough of Southwark
(adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ)

SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB / Tel: 020 7274 2282 / Fax: 020
7274 3230 / Email: smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk

Act of Remembrance – Sunday, November 14, 2010 – 12.30pm

The next event at the Soviet War Memorial in London will be on Remembrance
Sunday, November 14, starting at 12.30pm. Participants should gather in
front of the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ by 12.15pm.The
Mayor of Southwark, local MP Simon Hughes, diplomats from the Embassies of
the CIS countries, veterans and supporters of the Memorial will be

Following Remembrance Sunday, the next events at the Soviet War Memorial
will be on Thursday, January 27, 2011 marking Holocaust Memorial Day and
on Monday, May 9, 2011 for Victory Day. Both events will commence at
Ralph Gibson
Hon. Secreary, Soviet Memorial Trust Fund
Direct Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti) / Eml: smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk

SOVIET MEMORIAL TRUST FUND – Newsletter – October 2010

Victory Day – 9 May

Well over 500 people attended the 65th Anniversary of Victory ceremony at
the Soviet War Memorial on May 9. The turnout of veterans from the UK was
especially welcome, given that many of their comrades were travelling to
various parts of Europe to mark VE-Day where they had fought. Those abroad
included a large group of Russian Arctic Convoy veterans who went to St
Petersburg, Murmansk and Archangel over the anniversary period. The Mayor
of Southwark, local MP Simon Hughes and the assembled diplomats from all
the CIS countries and the long-term supporters of the Memorial were joined
by representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and a large number of
community organisations representing Russians living in the UK. The Act of
Remembrance was followed by the now traditional Victory Toast in the Park
close to the Memorial which was hosted by the Russian and other CIS
embassies in London. Later in the day Sir Rodric Braithwaite delivered an
excellent talk in the Imperial War Museum on his book "Moscow 1941: A City
and Its People at War" which was followed by several short films from the
IWM archives.

There were a number of other anniversary events around the UK. At the
Russian Embassy prior to May 9 there were several ceremonies organised to
award the special Russian 65th Anniversary of Victory medal to British
Arctic Convoy veterans. On the day, in Manchester (twinned with St
Petersburg) a ceremony took place at the city's Cenotaph with the Deputy
Lord Mayor and representatives from the Russian Embassy in attendance.
Exeter University hosted a day of talks, films and exhibitions. And a
major gala concert with the participation of the Alexandrov Red Army
Ensemble filled the Royal Albert Hall on May 10.

There is video coverage of several of the London events on the Russian
Embassy website – http://www.great-britain.mid.ru/ (under "Videos" section
of "Embassy informs"). In addition, if you would like to see full coverage
of the main Moscow Red Square Parade (without commentary) and other TV
reports connected with the Victory anniversary – including interviews with
veterans and a series of short archive films – you can visit the Russia
Today TV dedicated website http://victory1945.rt.com/ . The RIA Novosti
"Our Victory" website offers contemporary news reports in English from its
predecessor the Soviet Information Bureau, as well as photos, posters, and
songs from the war period. See http://eng.9may.ru/ .

Eric Yates

The Trust was saddened by the loss of Eric Yates, a Trustee since the
formation of the SMTF. A 90-year-old veteran of the Arctic convoys, Eric
continued to attend meetings of the Trustees and most of the events it
organised until very recently. He was often called upon to speak to the
media and was always happy to oblige with his memories of his time aboard
ship in the treacherous Arctic waters.

Medal awards

At a ceremony in April, Philip Matthews, SMTF Chair, and Jean Turner, SMTF
Trustee and former Hon. Secretary, were awarded medals by the Russian
Ambassador in London, on behalf of the Russian Foreign Ministry, for their
contribution to international understanding. The award is a rare honour,
and the Trust congratulates them both at this timely recognition of their
work over many years.

Moscow Spartak football fans

A group of Moscow Spartak football fans are planning to conduct a short
wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial on Wednesday, November 3 as part of
a series of events in London organised under the auspices of the British
Council and the Russian Football Union and their “Football Unites”
project. If you are interested in receiving further details when they
become available, please email smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk .

If you are not already on the SMTF mailing list, you can request further
information about the Trust, and also receive details of next year's
ceremonies on January 27, May 9 and Remembrance Sunday when they become
available, by contacting the Hon Secretary, SMTF, c/o 320 Brixton Road,
London SW9 6AB. Email: smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk

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