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At the Soviet military cemetery in Lebus (the federal state of Brandenburg), a solemn and mourning event was held to bury the remains of Soviet soldiers who died in the last months of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The remains have been found over the past three years during prospecting work in various localities in the state of Brandenburg.

The event was attended by: from the Russian side – the Ambassador of Russia to the FRG S.Yu. Nechaev, the staff of the Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Russia in the FRG and the Representative Office of the Russian Ministry of Defense (for organizing and conducting military memorial work abroad) in the FRG; from the German side – the Minister of Finance and Europe of the state of Brandenburg K. Lange, representatives of the Landtag of Brandenburg, the city administration of Lebus.

The Minister of Finance and Europe of the Land of Brandenburg K. Lange and the Ambassador of Russia to the Federal Republic of Germany S.Yu. Nechaev made a welcoming speech. Russian Ambassador to Germany S.Yu. Nechaev laid a wreath at the graves of Soviet soldiers and honored their memory with a minute of silence. Archbishop Tikhon of Ruza, head of the Berlin-German Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, served a requiem for the dead. The burial of servicemen took place in a solemn atmosphere, accompanied by the orchestra of the Brandenburg State Police under the direction of the conductor K. Köhler. Upon completion of the burial, the Anthem of the Russian Federation sounded.

The burial of Soviet servicemen in Lebus is carried out in accordance with the Russian-German intergovernmental agreement of 1992 (Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the care of military graves in the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany). According to paragraph 6 of Article 5 of this document “in the event of the subsequent discovery on German territory of those who died in wars on the Russian side, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany will ensure their proper and worthy burial and marking of graves.”

Since 1994, the Soviet military cemetery in Lebus has been considered the burial place of the Red Army soldiers, whose remains were found during joint search expeditions in Brandenburg. In 1994, 23 Red Army soldiers were reburied. Burials are carried out every 2 years. In 2020, in the context of a difficult epidemiological situation in Germany, the planned reburial did not take place and was postponed to 2021. About five thousand people were buried at the Soviet military cemetery in Lebus.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the ceremony was held in a limited format for the general public.

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