June 22, 2021, marks 80 years since the treacherous attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union.
June 22, 2021, marks 80 years since the treacherous attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union. This date is one of the most dreadful in the history of our country. On this day, we commemorate those who were the first to bear the brunt, who stood to death on the border lines of our Motherland. We pay tribute to all those who fell in the battles, all those who worked on the home front, all those who, not sparing themselves, fought against the Nazi invaders.
In our country, there is not a single family that was bypassed by the Great Patriotic War. It claimed the lives of 27 million of Soviet people; every seventh citizen of the USSR perished before the Great Victory Day.
The Russian Embassy in Iceland, together with compatriots living in the country, took part in the ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers at the Fossvogur cemetery to the Hope monument in memory of the sailors participating in the Arctic convoys, as well as to the graves of the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Maria Mitrofanova and the Soviet sailor Aleksandr Maley, who passed away in Reykjavik in 1942.
Archpriest Anthony Iliin served a requiem for the deceased soldiers who fell in World War II. The participants observed a minute of silence in honor of those who sacrificed themselves for their countries.
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, on June, 22 the Russian Embassy organized a screening of the 1959 Soviet feature film "Ballad of a Soldier" directed by Grigory Chukhrai for representatives of the diplomatic corps and compatriots living in Iceland. Since its release, the film has been watched by millions of viewers around the world and has awarded more than 100 foreign prizes, including the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival.