The 65th Victory Day celebration took place in London on Sunday 9 May 2010.
The acts of remembrance started in the morning with a procession to the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum. Attended by the Mayor of Southwark, the Russian Ambassador and war veterans, Oleg Pankratov laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of VTB Capital.
In the afternoon, 200 people, including the Ambassador of Russian Federation in the UK, His Excellency Yury Fedotov, and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Lord Alan West, gathered on board HMS Belfast. On behalf of the Russian government, His Excellency Yury Fedotov awarded 17 British Arctic Convoy veterans the Russian medal of the 65th Anniversary of the Great Victory. This was followed by one minute’s silence, the Russian and British anthems fr om the Royal Signals Band and the HMS Belfast 4-inch gun salute. Oleg Pankratov, representing VTB Capital, also gave a short speech to the attendees.
His Excellency Yury Fedotov commented: “The joint Russo-British Victory Day Celebration was held in a warm and heartfelt atmosphere where all guests and awarded veterans were profoundly pleased with the attention they received”.
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