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Chausy district opens the monument to the Soviet Union Hero Ivan Lazarenko

Chausy district opened the monument to the Soviet Union Hero Ivan Lazarenko. A granite monument bearing a carved portrait and initials of Ivan Lazarenko was erected on the place of the general-major’s death in 1944 when he took part in Mogilev’s operation close by the road connecting two villages – Drachkovo and Kholmy.

The opening ceremony included a meeting in memory of Ivan Lazarenko. The event gathered representatives of Mogilev region’s authorities, Chausy district executive committee, veterans’ organizations, the public, youth and relatives. The participants laid flowers and wreaths to the monument. A salute was fired. Valery Malashko, the deputy head of head of Mogilev regional executive committee, said that Chausy district has got a long and rich history. The years of fascist occupation brought a lot of damage. Before the war the population of the district made was 57 thousand people. The war took lives of 25 thousand of them. All libraries, schools, collective farms and state farms were ransacked. 22 villages were burnt down. Thousands of families left homeless. The fights for Chausy district’s liberation showed heroism of Soviet soldiers. 46 of them got the rank of the Soviet Union Heroes. Ivan Lazarenko was one of them. He was awarded posthumously.

According to Valery Malashko, our duty is to remember those who did not come back from the war and gave their lives for the peaceful future. To perpetuate the memory of our Motherland’s defenders is an important task of Belarusian people. The idea to perpetuate the memory of Ivan Lazarenko in Chausy district belongs to his grandson Grigory Lazarenko. He raised money to make a monument. Local authorities helped to beautify the neighbouring area and erect a special pedestal.

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