Kazan commemorates war

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A Memorial Evening dedicated to Victory Day took place at the Universiade Village in Kazan in early May 2011. The event that featured poems, songs and dance numbers about the Second World War was organised by students of Tatar State Humanitarian and Pedagogical University (TSHPU).

A well–coordinated creative team, headed by the Memorial Evenings scriptwriter and initiator, TSHPU teacher Gyuzel Mratkhuzina, presented a bouquet of war songs and dance numbers. An original stage design, old costumes, dynamic atmosphere and heartful performance brought out warm feelings among the audience. There were many songs about war performed on stage: " The lines of the songs were born by the war, " Ksenia Nabatkina, one of the concerts spectators, said. " But these songs are not about war, they are about the peace that was to come after the war. " When asked what contribution the Soviet Army had made to the cause of victory, campus residents answered unanimously: " Exceptionally valuable, its the Soviet soldiers, who defeated the German fascists and stopped genocide. " At the end of the Memorial Evening concert all comers were invited to watch Igor Ugolnikov's 2010 hit film, Brest Fortress. In Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union, the day of Victory over Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War was celebrated on 9 May, because when the German Instrument of Surrender actually entered into force (8 May 1945 at 23:01 CET), it was already 9 May by Moscow Time. Some post–Soviet countries, most notably the Russian Federation, have continued the tradition.

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