Russian Victory Day Celebrated in Thessaloniki
The annual May 9 Day of Remembrance, when the peoples of the former Soviet Union celebrate the German Nazi surrender in 1945, was celebrated lavishly in Russia with various events culminating in a massive military parade in Moscow's Red Square. This anniversary was celebrated in other countries in this part of the world as well, Greece being among them.
The Zeitenlik Allied Cemetery on Lagada Avenue in Thessaloniki, final resting place for 20,500 soldiers and Greece's largest, was the scene of wreath-laying ceremonies at the graves of Soviet and Serbian soldiers in the area set aside for them. The event was attended by representatives of the national political, local governmental, military, and ecclesiastical sectors of Greece. Additionaly, Greeks of Russian descent, Russian immigrants to Greece, and Greko-Russian fraternal organizations were all represented. Among them were the Consul General of Russia in Thessaloniki, Mr. Alexei Popov, Serbian Consul Sinisa Pavic, the Deputy Head of Metropolitan Unity Council of Thessaloniki Ms. Voula Patoulidou, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutari, Deputy Mayor in charge of Public Relations and Tourism Spyros Pegas, a spokesman for the 3rd Greek Army Corps, and a military contingent.