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SMTF 13 November

1st November 2011

Dear All
Received from the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund
Kind regards
Ute

From the SOVIET MEMORIAL TRUST FUND Hon. Secretary: Ralph Gibson Tel: 020
7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti) Eml: smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk

Act of Remembrance – Soviet War Memorial in London – Sunday, November 13,
2011– 12.30pm You are cordially invited to join the Trustees of the
Soviet Memorial TrustFund at an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War
Memorial on Remembrance Sunday,November 13.

We would like participants to gather in front of the Imperial WarMuseum
London by 12.15pm. (Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE16HZ) From
there we will walk the short distance to the Memorial in the
adjacentGeraldine Mary HarmsworthPark.

The Mayor of Southwark, diplomats from the Embassies of the CIS
countries,veterans and supporters of the Memorial will be present. An RSVP
is notessential – you are welcome to simply come along on the day.
However, if you dointend to lay a wreath, or to bring the standard of your
organisation, it wouldbe very helpful if you could reply to this email as
soon as possible.

(NB: Thereis no need to do so if you have already responded to the postal
invitation sentout in October.) You may wish to know that the
ImperialWar Museumitself is organising a brief ceremony inside the Museum
at 11am.

Seewww.iwm.org.uk. And after the SMTF Act of Remembrance, the IWM Cinema
will hostthe Annual Peace Lecture organised by the Movement for the
Abolition of War. Itstarts at 2pm and admission is free. See
www.abolishwar.org.uk for moredetails. If you would prefer not to
receive further emails from the SMTF regarding itsevents connected with
the Soviet War Memorial in London, please send an email
marked"UNSUBSCRIBE" to smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk. Philip Matthews, Chair,
Soviet Memorial Trust Fund

SOVIET MEMORIAL TRUST FUND NEWS – October 2011 Victory Day 2011 Up to
450 people attended the Victory Day ceremony at the Soviet War Memorialon
May 9. It was the first Act of Remembrance to be attended by the new
RussianAmbassador in London,HE Alexander Yakovenko, who made reference to
his own family's participation in the fight against fascism. The Deputy
Lieutenent of Southwark, the Deputy Mayorof Southwark, and Rt Hon Simon
Hughes MP joined diplomats from the CIScountries and the USA,British and
Soviet veterans, and representatives of UK organisations in laying
wreaths. Video footage of the ceremony can be found on the Russian
Embassywebsite – http://www.rusemb.org.uk/video/60 .

In the Imperial WarMuseum cinema, Sir Rodric Lyne, formerUK ambassador to
Russia, introduced the documentary film Hurricanes to Murmansk. Ittells
the little-known story of the RAF 151 Wing which was dispatched on
thefirst Arctic Convoy in August. There are more details about the film
and purchase information atwww.atollproductions.co.uk

Federation Council speaker In March the then speaker of the upper chamber
of the Russian parliament,Sergei Mironov, laid a wreath at the Memorial
during a brief visit to the UK, meeting several Convoy veterans, the
Deputy Mayor ofSouthwark, the Director General of the Imperial War Museum
and SMTF Trustees.

SMTF honoured To mark the continuing work of the SMTF in organising events
connected with theSoviet War Memorial, HE Alexander Yakovenko presented
65th Anniversary ofVictory commemorative medals and certificates to Philip
Matthews, Chairman ofthe SMTF, and Ralph Gibson, Hon. Secretary, at a
ceremony at the RussianEmbassy.

Arctic Convoy Anniversary A group of British convoy veterans travelled to
Russiain August to participate in events to mark the 70th anniversary of
the firstBritish wartime convoy to the USSR.In St Petersburg they attended
a showing ofHurricanes to Murmansk(see above) at the British Consulate.
For a BBC report on the anniversaryevents, see
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14723483.

CIS continues work on 2nd World War remembrance In early September,
leaders of the countries of the Commonwealth of IndependentStates – all
former republics of the USSR – approved an agreement onperpetuating the
memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the
Commonwealthnations that fought in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

SMTF information on SCRSS website Further information about the SMTF and
its events can be found on the websiteof the Society for Co-operation in
Russian and Soviet Studies. The SCRSS had avery significant role in the
creation of the Soviet War Memorial and continuesto play a key part in the
work of the SMTF. Seewww.scrss.org.uk/sovietmemorial.htm . Mailing List
If you are not already on the SMTF mailing list, you can request further
informationabout the Trust, and also receive details of next year's
ceremonies on January 27, May 9 and Remembrance Sunday when theybecome
available, by contacting the Hon Secretary, SMTF, c/o 320 Brixton
Road,London SW9 6AB. Email: smtf@nullhotmail.co.uk

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