Laying flowers at the graves of Soviet citizens who died during the Second World War

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On  9 May, the Victory Day, solemn ceremonies of laying flowers to the graves of Soviet citizens who died during the Second World War were held throughout Belgium.

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The central event was the laying of wreaths at the monuments to Soviet citizens who died in Belgium, and to Belgian citizens participating in the Resistance at the Brussels cemetery in the commune of Ever. The ceremony was attended by Russian Ambassador to Belgium A. Tokovinin, Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union V. Chizhov, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Y.Gorlach, Acting Chief Military Officer of Russia to NATO S. Orlov, ambassadors and representatives from more than 30 countries of the CIS, BRICS, a number of European, American, Asian and African states, city authorities, Belgian veterans' organizations, the Belgian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, compatriots' organizations, as well as students of the school at the Russian Embassy.

Memorable ceremonies with the participation of Russian diplomats and officers, in addition to Brussels, are held at 45 other cemeteries in Belgium.
In memory of the Soviet soldiers and citizens who died in Belgium, the clergy of the diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church performs memorial services in churches and at military cemeteries. Memorial services are held in Brussels, Liege, Namur, Mons, Genk, Beringen and other cities.
About 350 Soviet citizens are buried in Belgium, mostly prisoners of war or Soviet citizens, who were taken out to work in the coal mines of Wallonia during the war. Many of them fled from captivity and joined the forces of the Belgian Resistance.

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