International Working Session on Memory Preservation: Partners not in Words but in Deeds

23/04/2022 20:00

On April 23, 2022, the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly held an international working session with partners from seven countries: Bulgaria, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia and Slovenia.

The discussion was attended by representatives of public organizations, historians, local historians, leaders of search teams. The discussion voiced acute problems facing today in the matter of preserving the memory of the Great Patriotic War and World War II and outlined practical approaches for their solutions. In particular, memorial work. It is entrusted to the consulates, but they have neither the time, nor the skills, nor the means to carry it out. It is necessary to involve search teams with a unified accounting system, reconciliation methodology and experience in such work. To do this, communication between state and public structures must reach the level of real interaction.

Today, the accounting tool for Latvian search teams is the “Honor and Remember” platform, created by enthusiast Dmitry Zakharov. The platform builds visible links between all the information that comes to it from various sources: letters from relatives, search teams finds. A mobile application has also been developed where one can send the available data to. An interactive map of monuments shows which of them need restoration.

Historian and local historian, the number one authority in Latvia, Alexander Rzhavin, made a proposal for 3D scanning of monuments. Considering the current world situation, one must be prepared for the demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers in the Baltic countries. But save the ability to restore them in the future.

Alexander Rzhavin is known for his active position in upholding historical justice. He protects monuments to Soviet soldiers who liberated Latvia from Nazism.

The meeting was attended by:

  • Yurijus Traksialis - Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Chairman of the Lithuanian Military Heritage Institute;
  • Valery Ruzin - Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, President of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio;
  • Gennady Shorokhov - Deputy Chairman of the All-Russian Public Organization of Veterans "Combat Brotherhood";
  • Natalia Lele - member of the international search team "Legend" (Latvia);
  • Alexander Rzhavin - Chairman of the Board of the Ruthenia Society, local historian (Latvia);
  • Dmitry Zakharov - programmer, developer of the “Honor and Remember” platform (Latvia);
  • Dmitry Rybnikov - Deputy Chairman of the Daugavpils branch of the Russian Community of Latvia;
  • Oleg Kalinin - Advisor to the Center for the Study of the Second World War "Maribor" in Slovenia;
  • Igor Romanov - representative of the Russian Center in Maribor;
  • Irina Yakimova – Research Fellow, Section “History of Bulgaria after World War II”, Institute for Historical Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
  • Natalya Zavirokhina - Chairman of the Society of Compatriots and Friends of Russia MIR Kragujevac, coordinator of the procession "Immortal Regiment" in Kragujevac (Serbia);
  • Konstantin Belov - Chairman of the Council of the public youth movement "League of Youth of the Pskov Region";
  • Vyacheslav Filippov - historian, member of the Russian Geographical Society;
  • Alexey Karpov - historian (Bulgaria);
  • Natalia Balanova - representative of the Russian Center of the European Foundation for Slavic Literature and Culture in Bratislava (Slovakia);
  • Natalia Belokon - representative of the Organizing Committee of the action "Immortal Regiment" in China;
  • Alina Zholobova - Creative Director of the Youth Platform of the SCO countries SCOLAR Network;
  • Alla Shelyapina - journalist, founder of the Women's League of Journalists and Bloggers (Russia);
  • Igor Gorodnichiy - President of the Independent Business Partnership "Alliance Media".