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Company Employees Laid Flowers at the Eternal Flame on Day of Remembrance and Mourning

On 22 June, the national Day of Remembrance and Mourning, Sakhalin Energy's managers and employees gathered at the Memorial Complex in the Glory Square in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to honour the victims of the Great Patriotic War.

After the traditional laying of flowers at the Eternal Flame, participants left “candles of memory” at the bronze sculpture of a soldier. Children attending the corporate children's camp also joined the event.

“Millions of people died in the Great Patriotic War. Their bodies have remained buried in the soil in Russia, Europe and Asian countries. It was a dreadful war and we should always remember it, because without the past, there is no future. Those who are currently seeking to distort our memory are in fact trying to kill our future. We cannot let that happen. It is extremely important that we tell younger generations, our children, about the great feat,” says Evgeny Udovenko, Deputy Head of Sakhalin Energy Production Directorate for Maintenance and Major Overhauls, addressing the ceremony participants.

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This is the fifth time that twelve-year-old Vasily Makin has taken part in the corporate ceremony of laying flowers at the Eternal Flame: “For me, it is a big event. I am sure that we must always remember those who fought the Nazis to liberate our country. My great-grandfather, Vasily Maksimovich Kabyzhakov, also participated in the Great Patriotic War. He was a pilot who went through the whole war. I'm very proud of him!”

Visiting the Victory Museum and Memorial Complex on the Day of Remembrance and Grief, where Vasily learned a lot about the events of the Great Patriotic War, was a vivid experience for him. Adults attending the ceremony could join a guided tour On the Sidelines of the Nuremberg Tribunal held in the park Russia is My History park. The international trial of war criminals is shown in detail in paintings by Nikolay Zhukov, People's Artist of the USSR, who was present at the trial process in the city of Nuremberg, making sketches at the Palace of Justice.

Yakov Pyak, Head of HR Business Operation, Learning and Development Division, believes that the graphic works have a strong emotional charge, despite their visual simplicity. “What is truly disturbing is the details of the crimes committed by the Nazis. It is hard to absorb and process negative information. But it must be done nonetheless. So that we understand how important it is to remain human, appreciate and cherish everything we have today and, beyond that, so that a small candle of memory keeps burning in the heart of every citizen of our country,” he says.

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24 June 2022

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