As a part of the 12-month long Festival “Pobeda”, dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum organised the seminar “Contribution of the Soviet Union to the Victory in the WW- 2 and India’s Independence movement”. Member of the Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha) and former Minister of Kerala Mr Binoy Viswam inaugurated the seminar.
In his inaugural address, Mr Binoy Viswam said that geopolitical situation in the world would have been changed if the Fascist force had won the Second World War. "We should be grateful to the souls of over 25 million Soviet people, who sacrificed their lives in the fight against fascism", - said Mr Binoy Viswam.
Mr Igor Tulupov, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai was the guest of honour.
People from Russia, Dubai, and Chennai and also from different parts of Kerala participated in the web seminar, which was organised through Zoom.
As a part of the celebration, the RCSC in Trivandrum organised an online version of the traditional “IMMORTAL REGIMENT” parade for the Russian nationals staying in Kerala. They had been asked to make a 3-minute video about their relatives, who took part in the Great Patriotic War. Within one month RCSC received 26 videos. Especial mention was given to clips prepared by Mr Grigoriy Maslakov from Moscow, Mr Larisa Lista from St. Petersburg and Mr Zakhar Bannikov.
Ms Larisa Lista who is also a singer presented war song. Mr Valeriy Salpagarov famous singer from St. Petersburg joined the webinar and presented a concert of war songs from there.
The function was presided over by the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the RCSC in Trivandrum Mr Ratheesh C.Nair.
Ms Kavitha Nair, Asst. Director of the RCSC welcomed the gathering.
The function was organised according to the COVID-19 protocol.