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Servicemen of the Northern Fleet’s radio-technical air defense regiment, marines and representatives of the search movement of the Murmansk region held a reburial ceremony at the military memorial cemetery near the village of Vaida-Guba (Murmansk region) of the remains of the Red Army sniper Maria Stepyreva, born in 1920, who died in 1944.

The North Sea warriors paid military honors to the defender of the Soviet Arctic and fired a threefold volley from Kalashnikov assault rifles.

A single grave, where the defender of the Soviet Arctic was buried during the Great Patriotic War, was discovered this summer by members of the Sever search party on the Rybachy Peninsula.

The 76-year-old burial was washed away by rain and melt water. In order to avoid its further destruction, the administration of the Pechenga district and the military commissariat of the Murmansk region, on the basis of the current legislation on perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland, decided to transfer the remains of Maria Stepyreva.

The transportation of the remains of the defender of the Arctic was carried out on an armored personnel carrier BTR-80 of the Northern Fleet Marine Brigade.

Red Army soldier Stepyreva Maria Vasilievna, born in 1920, a native of the village of Vystavka Yamskiy village council of the Kotlassky district of the Arkhangelsk region, fought as part of military unit 40660, presumably as a sniper participated in the Petsamo-Kirkenes offensive operation of the Karelian Front troops with the support of the Northern Fleet forces. She died of her wounds in December 1944. The notice of her death remained unclaimed, since her husband went missing at the front, and no other relatives were found.

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