The Minsk City Executive Committee has allowed the “Immortal Regiment” rally on May 9 to take place in Minsk. The gathering of participants is scheduled for 10.00 at the House-Museum of the I Congress of the RSDLP.
The statement was distributed on the Internet by the organizers of the rally in Minsk — Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Immortal Regiment Valery Draka, coordinator of the public association For Union and the Communist Party of the Union Leanid Shkolnikau and chairman of the civil committee Fatherland Vasil Zelikau. They invite all those who wish to “take part in this international patriotic action with portraits of their relatives who won at war”. After gathering at the House-Museum of the RSDLP, the participants of the rally will lay flowers at the monument on Victory Square.
At first, the organizers wanted to march from Yakub Kolas Square to Victory Square (this is exactly what happened in 2018), but in the end they agreed with the city authorities on a shortened route.
The Immortal Regiment is an international public movement, which, starting in 2013, has been held annually on May 9. During the rally, participants march in a column and carry portraits of soldiers who fought on the side of the USSR during World War II. The rally is officially supported and carried out by the Russian authorities; in 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the march in Moscow.
The participants of the “Immortal Regiment” massively use St. George ribbons, which became a symbol of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Last year in Minsk, demonstrators were seen wearing T-shirts “Polite People” and “Donetsk People’s Republic”. Some brought portraits of Stalin.