Celebrations of the 66th Anniversary of Victory over Fascism in the Great Patriotic War
The Russian Embassy in Nepal marked the 66th Anniversary of Victory over Fascism in the Great Patriotic
War (1941-1945) by holding a special function at the Russian Center of Science & Culture (RCSC) in Kathmandu
jointly organized with Nepal National Ex-Army Servicemen Association.
Welcoming the gathering, Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey
V. Velichkin, Lt. General Toran Jung B.Singh representing Nepal Army command and Brig. General (Retired) Digamber
Shumsher J. B. Rana, the President of the Association, inaugurated a photo exhibition “Road to the Great Victory”
comprising rare shots of war-time chronicle as well as copies of unique documents from the archives of that period.
In his address to the guests H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin recalled with great reverence the supreme sacrifice made
by the Russian people for the cause of defeating fascism – the worst and strongest ever evil driven by a monstrous
ideology based on insane racial theories. Commemorating heroes who dared to challenge to Nazi military machine and
millions who lost their lives for the freedom of succeeding1 generations, Russian Ambassador noted that the emergence
of the anti-fascist coalition in the course of the World War II resulted in the establishment of the UN as an
international body with a lofty mission to save the world from the scourge of war. The guiding principles of its
Charter laid the foundations of contemporary international law.
Brig. General Digamber Shumsher J. B. Rana paid tribute to Nepalese soldiers who had lost their lives at the fronts
of the World War II.
The guests were particularly impressed by the film “The Last Assault” (1971) which followed the inauguration of the
photo exhibition. “The Last Assault” belongs to an epic five-part series “The Liberation” which is considered the most
wide-embracing presentation of events of the World War II film ever made in the Soviet Union. The films are a
dramatized account of the liberation of the Soviet Union’s territory from fascist occupation and the subsequent defeat
of Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War focusing on five major Eastern Front campaigns.
The film show was followed by Russian Embassy reception held in a cordial atmosphere in consiance with the
significance of this historic day.
The event which elicited a vivid response was attended by over 200 guests, among them Hon. Minister of Environment
Mr. Sunil Kumar Manandhar and other high-ranking Nepalese representatives, heads of the diplomatic missions,
businesspeople, central mass-media as well as Russian compatriots resident in Kathmandu.
The guests were presented with the St.George Ribbons as mementos of the Victory Day. The St.George Ribbons Campaign
is traditionally launched all over Russia ahead of May 9 Victory Day celebrations.