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Work to build a Federal Military Cemetery will begin here this year
Work to build a Federal Military Cemetery will begin here this year. Three billion roubles, needed to do it, were allocated for the next three years, Chief of the Military Memorial Centre (MMC) of the Russian Armed Forces Major-General Alexander Kirilin told reporters here on Friday. “The most favourable conditions have been created for the work of MMC within the Russian Defence Ministry,” he noted. The problem is being considered of opening MMC offices in the foreign countries, where many Russian military burial places are to be found, in order to improve the work with military cemeteries outside the Russian Federation, the general added. He cited as an example “the excellent work of such an office in Poland, which has a staff of only four employees. They took ten years to travel all over Poland and to record all the places where Russian soldiers are buried. Touching on MMC work in Russia, Kirilin explained that the Centre was confronted by certain problems, arising from the legislation now in force, which vests local administrative bodies with the duty of taking care of the burial places, but the latter often have no money to cope with this task. “Four and a half million Soviet officers and men became prisoners of war during the Great Patriotic War, 1.9 millions have returned home, while 2.6 millions did not come back, although not all of them had perished,” Kirilin noted.
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