Parade of Victors exposition opens in Beirut on Day of memory and grief
The exposition tells the story of the parade on Red Square in Moscow that took place on June 24, 1945.
Unique photographs from the archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Victory Museum collection are presented at the Parade of Victors exhibition which opened on Monday in Beirut. The online‑broadcast of the event, attended by Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin, was watched by hundreds of Russian nationals living in different regions of the country.
“The exposition tells the story of the parade on Red Square in Moscow that took place on June 24, 1945, of its participants’ tour of duty and the famous military leaders,” stated the head of Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Beirut Vadim Zaychikov in an interview with a TASS correspondent. According to him, the exposition is complemented by paintings from the Marshals of Victory series by the Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation Viktor Shilov; those are portraits of military leaders whose names are inscribed in the chronicles of the Great Patriotic War.
The opening of the exhibition in the lobby of the Russian Center for Science and Culture was accompanied by musical and literary performances dedicated to the heroic feats of soldiers and homefront workers. The event was prepared by Diana Pradchenko from the city of Nabatiyeh and Inga Asafova from Sayda. Students of the Kedr Russian school in Beirut recited poems and ballads dedicated to the war times. One of them rendered a monologue, choosing an excerpt from Khatyn Story by Ales Adamovich.
“The fact that the artists on stage on this memorable day for our homeland were children is very significant,” said the head of the Coordinating Council of Organizations of Russian Nationals in Lebanon Svetlana Safa. “We can see that the younger generation has great respect for the history of our Motherland and considers it their duty to relay the truth about the war to the Lebanese society.” According to Ms. Safa, young activists from the local Volunteers of Victory branch also initiated the Victory Candle online campaign which was held on June 22 across Lebanon.
Interest for Russian History
The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo noted in his turn that many events had been planned in Lebanon for the 75th anniversary of Victory earlier in the year, but had had to be postponed due to the measures taken by the Lebanese authorities in response to the coronavirus pandemic; they are still bound to take place in the second half of the year. “Considering the growing interest of the Lebanese in Russian history, we plan to organize photo exhibitions and screenings of films about the war in a number of Lebanese schools and universities, as well as at the military academy,” said Zaichikov.