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On February 26, a friendly hockey match was held in Moscow with the participation of a team of veterans of Russian special forces and the national team of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. The event was attended by the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuichenko, Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov, two-time Olympic champion and President of Hockey Legends Ice Hockey Club Alexander Yakushev. A friendly match, timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Russian hockey and the celebration of the Day of Penitentiary Workers, was held at the CSKA Arena.

Before the match, invited guests and fans in the Hockey Museum got acquainted with a temporary exhibition dedicated to hockey in the penal system. Among the exhibits are genuine hockey sticks and skates, which were produced in the 1920s by difficult teenagers in the Bolshevsk Labor Commune, also known for the film “A Journey to Life”. Few people know, but it was in this commune near Moscow, near the Bolshevo station (Korolev), that a unique social and pedagogical experiment began. Instead of imprisonment, juvenile offenders had the opportunity to receive at least a seven-grade education, acquire a profession, and start working honestly. This was Soviet know-how in penitentiary science. It is noteworthy that the Bolshevsk labor commune produced skates, skis, hockey sticks and other sports equipment. The volume of sports products manufactured by the Bolshevsk Labor Commune was 60% of the total volume of similar things produced in the USSR. Naturally, these same difficult teenagers, while serving their sentences, played hockey. Subsequently, this game firmly entered the everyday life of the penitentiary system and became one of the means of educating and correcting convicts. The exposition also introduced visitors to rare photographs from the hockey past of the penitentiary system and told about the modern team of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia “Skating rink” and the teams of the territorial bodies of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. Real skates, hockey sticks and skis of the Bolshevsk Labor Commune were kindly provided for temporary display by the Museum Association “Museums of Science City Korolev”. The exhibition was prepared by the employees of the FKU TsOUVR of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.

The ice hockey team of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia “Skating rink” was played by Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Lieutenant General of the Internal Service Anatoly Yakunin, Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the FSIN of Russia, Lieutenant General of the Internal Service Yevgeny Gnedov, hockey veterans and employees of the department.

As part of HC Granit, in addition to veterans of Russian special units, Olympic champion Yevgeny Davydov, two-time Russian champion Alexander Guskov, USSR Cup winner Sergei Babariko and other hockey veterans, as well as theater and film actors took to the ice.

Before the starting throw-in of the puck, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov, two-time Olympic champion Alexander Yakushev and the president and captain of HC Granit Nikolay Ivanov addressed the participants with a welcoming speech.

– Today’s match means a lot to us, because this year is jubilee – 75 years of national hockey, our game takes place on the eve of the Day of employees of the penal system. I would like to note that hockey is a beautiful sport for courageous people, in hockey such qualities as the ability to achieve goals, perseverance, perseverance, desire to win are developed, – said the Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov. – For us, this match is one of the reasons to involve young people and our employees in this wonderful sport. I would like to thank the organizers of the match, and the participants – to gain a good mood and impressions. Let the strongest win.

President of Hockey Legends Ice Hockey Club Alexander Yakushev noted:

– As a representative of the older generation, I am pleased that amateur sports are becoming widespread. It is very pleasant that the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, headed by Alexander Petrovich Kalashnikov, pays great attention to hockey: many teams participate in internal corporate competitions. This is both pleasing and impressive. Alexander Petrovich – gratitude for what he is doing.

The anthem of Russia was performed by Evgenia Blagova, soloist of the Central Orchestra of the Federal Penitentiary Service, before the throw-in. More than 500 employees of the department and guests of the match watched the course of the game. The game turned out to be bright and intense. In a bitter struggle, the hockey players of Granit won with a score of 7: 4.

At the end of the match, an award ceremony was held – Alexander Kalashnikov presented Nikolai Ivanov with the winners’ cup. Forward Andrey Burkovsky (HC “Granit”) and goalkeeper Andrey Kulikov (collection of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia) were recognized as the best players of the match. The teams also exchanged gifts.

– I want to thank the FSIN team for this challenge on the eve of their professional holiday. They showed a high class, the legends of the game in our squad had to work hard. We are grateful for this honor to play with the FSIN team. We hope there will be more ice battles ahead of us. Thanks to the leadership of the Federal Penitentiary Service, our curator Alexander Yakushev and all of you for the game, – said the president of HC Granit Nikolay Ivanov.

Press bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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