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Members of the search movements of Russia and Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation

Plans for further collaboration were also discussed

Members of the search movements of Russia and Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation

On May 7, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed online between the All-Russian search movement on perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defence of the Fatherland "Search Movement of Russia" and the Kazakh public association Atamnyn Amanaty. The webinar was held with support from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Both sides will cooperate in establishing the fate of soldiers and officers of the Red Army who were killed, perished from wounds or disappeared during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, strengthening the patriotic and national morale of the peoples of Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as maintaining friendly relations between the two countries.

The moderator of the online meeting was the Chair of the Civic Chamber Commission on Youth, Volunteerism and Patriotic Education, Executive Secretary of the Search Movement of Russia Elena Tsunaeva. During the meeting, she presented a list of names of Kazakh soldiers from the book Names from Soldiers' Medallions. She also made a request to assist in finding relatives of Legkodymov (Lekhkodymov) Emelyan, born in 1904 in southern Kazakhstan. The fallen soldier was discovered in the fall of 2019 in Kaluga Region where the search movement managed to read the name on medallion.

Murat Moldagaliev, Chairman of the Board at Atamnyn Amanaty, spoke about the work of Kazakhstan’s search movement.

“More than 271 thousand soldiers and officers conscripted from Kazakhstan during the Great Patriotic War are missing. The fate of many of them remains unknown, and their relatives do not know what happened to their loved ones. Establishing a partnership with the Search Movement of Russia, which is the largest in the country, will allow us to effectively carry out searches and consolidate our contribution to this noble cause,” he said.

Anton Torgashev, member of the Coordinating Council, Adviser on International Cooperation of the Search Movement of Russia, presented the Military Archeology journal, being the editor-in-chief, and invited his colleagues from Kazakhstan to establish cooperation as part of publishing relevant information on Kazakh search activities in the journal.

Olga Zolotukhina, Head of the Department for work with public organizations and cooperation with partners of the Search Movement of Russia, spoke about the international practical conference “Fate of a Soldier” and the support of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States.

On the part of Kazakhstan, the Head of the Rukhani Zhangyru Center under the Kazakhstan Institute of Social Development Zhanar Bukanova gave a speech. She talked about plans to create a unique Internet portal for Kazakhstan, which will contain detailed information on Kazakh soldiers who participated in battles during the Great Patriotic War to liberate the Soviet Union. According to her, the cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia will contribute to the site’s content filling, and the combined efforts of the civil organizations of both countries will increase the efficiency of the work carried out by the search movement for all post-Soviet states.

The importance of developing international cooperation during search activities of soldiers and the subsequent perpetuation of their memory was noted by the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo agency in the Republic of Kazakhstan Konstantin Vorobyov. He spoke about the opening of the virtual exhibition

“Kazakhstan Soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad”, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The exhibition sparked great interest among ordinary citizens, and in the future it is planned to organize it not only online, but also to increase the number of exhibits by adding family photographs, letters, as well as stories from the citizens of Kazakhstan. The citizens themselves made this request.

Summing up, Murat Moldagaliev stressed the importance of signing the Memorandum of Cooperation and proposed establishing similar cooperation not only with Russia, but also with other CIS countries, namely, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Negotiations are already underway for them to join this movement.

“We are ready to become searchers not only in Kazakhstan, but throughout Central Asia. This will allow to cover a large territory and search for soldiers who were killed during the Great Patriotic War, so as to perpetuate their memory for future generations,” concluded Murat Moldagaliev.

Tags: Elena Tsunaeva

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