Russian delegation plants six trees in Cairo to mark Russia's Victory Day

Reham El-Adawi , Monday 1 May 2023

Marking the 78th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, a Russian delegation planted six trees in the Orman Garden, Cairo's Dokki district, on Sunday.

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Russian Centre director Marat Gatin with Russian and Egyptian youth at Orman Garden celebrating Russia s Victory Day

The delegation, headed by Director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt Marat Gatin, planted the trees in coordination with the Orman Garden administration, affiliated to the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture. 
The symbolic gesture took place with the participation of members of the Pobeba Association for volunteer work in Egypt, supervised by Daria Matsuk, together with students, teachers, and Director of the Secondary School of the Russian Embassy in Egypt Valerii Pribytkov, as well as members of the Youth Club at the Russian House in Cairo. 
Planting the trees is meant to "revive the memory" of the Russian victory in World War II in which were killed "50 million people, a terrifying and frightening number, out of which the share of the peoples of the Soviet Union alone was 27 million," Gatin said.
He stressed it is crucial for young generations all over the world to be aware of the importance of peace and the horrors of wars that impede the progress of humanity.

"It is also important to remember the ancestors who sacrificed their lives for us to live today in peace... The six trees will always remind us to be grateful for our ancestors," he added.

Victory Day is a holiday that commemorates the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
It was first inaugurated in the 16 republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (9 May Moscow Time).

Although the official inauguration happened in 1945, the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965, and only in certain Soviet republics.

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