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On May 12, 2024, a group of State University students led by Vladimir Linnik, professor of the Department of Economics and Management in the Fuel and Energy Complex, returned from an expedition to the Sebezhsky district in the Pskov region, where search work was carried out at the battlefields of the Great Patriotic War.

The combined student team of volunteers also included students from RTU MIREA and RANEPA. Previously, we talked about the impressions of the expedition participants, and today we will sum up the results.

The guys spent two weeks on duty in the field. During this time, three Red Army soldiers who died during the defense of the Sebezh fortified area in 1941 were found and raised from the ground. Unfortunately, we do not yet know the names of these soldiers, since the contents of their medallions were severely damaged by moisture that got inside and the records inside became unusable. In the future, attempts will be made to establish the names of the fallen, for which the medallions will be sent to specialists in the restoration of such documents. The fighters themselves will be buried with full honors during the next shift of search work in Sebezh.

Vladimir Linnik said: “The expedition was a 150% success. In addition to the main goal of the search campaign – finding and burying fallen heroes – I wanted to see how our students work. And, it should be noted, all seven people gave it their all. The work took place every day from 10:00 to 18:00 with a break for lunch. All this time, the guys were digging heavy clay soil, carrying buckets of sand, all together pulling out boulders weighing 150 kg from the pits, and I never heard anyone say: “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore.” It was like in books about Komsomol members, in which they were described as examples of honor, strength, dignity, and love for the Motherland. Our students reminded me of such exemplary, textbook Komsomol members. It was interesting for me to see all this in our guys. Everyone did a great job.”

And here’s what Sabrina Terentyeva, a student at the Department of Ecology, says about the trip: “Going on the expedition was stressful, because most of the people were strangers to me and I had never lived in such conditions. Having arrived at the point, we began to set up a camp, which we did for a long time. Every day was interesting; searching was our main activity. In addition, sometimes we were on duty in the camp, putting things in order and preparing food. I liked the change of environment, because in normal life I work and study a lot, mostly think with my head, but here I could relax, because I mostly worked physically. If it was tense at first, then when a third of the watch had passed, relations among us improved, we worked together to achieve a common goal.”

Vladimir Linnik spoke about the volume of work done and upcoming work: “Around our camp there are a large number of bunkers that held the defense in July 1941. There is still plenty of work to be done there, despite the fact that this was already the ninth shift in three years of work. And there’s not a year, not two, not three yet ahead. Each bunker we dig reveals some mysteries and gives us others. The bunker – a long-term firing point – is a massive concrete structure that weighs about 750 tons, rises two meters above the ground and goes four meters deep. The walls are so thick that armor-piercing anti-tank shells leave only small depressions in it, but cannot penetrate through. The top of the bunker is covered with earth, it cannot be seen from the air and cannot be bombed. The Sebezh fortified area was stormed by the famous SS division “Dead Head” and a lot of fascists died in this area.

Expedition participant Sofya Fonareva shared her impressions of living conditions: “We lived in tents. I felt comfortable, very pleased that there was a field bathhouse here, I could wash myself thoroughly and feel absolutely clean. The work is hard and there is a lot of it, but the commanders were very concerned about my well-being, all the time asking how I was feeling, how I slept, if I was tired. If anything happened, they let me rest without any problems. But I liked the work. I’m proud that I managed to do so much.”

Vladimir Linnik described in detail the process and significance of the search work: “In the evenings we had time to search – you take a metal detector and go “call” the field. Nearby there used to be the village of Batovo, which the SS men razed to the ground and burned on the first day of the offensive. And there we found the remains of a peasant stove from broken pots. Shots of shell casings were found nearby. This means our fighter fought behind this stove. And nearby they found a bent bayonet from a Soviet rifle. As the head of our search party said, a bent bayonet means at least one killed fascist. It is on these grounds that the history of the battles in Sebezh is reconstructed. In the first days of the war, the enemy advanced so quickly that not all reports reached headquarters and were therefore not preserved for history. The task of the search party is to restore this history. And find the fallen warriors. This work is impossible without a thorough study of historical documents from the Great Patriotic War, which partly help to understand the course of hostilities and their results.

Today it is already clear that the final number of Red Army soldiers who died here will have to be established for many years to come. According to information from military documents, it is known that our troops lost more than 400 people on this section of the front. The fighting here was very bloody, and most of the Red Army soldiers died or were captured.

At the moment, search engines in the Sebezh fortified area have raised 108 people, three of them we picked up right during the shift on the outskirts of the village of Zasitino, literally a hundred meters from the mass military burial ground, where these soldiers will be buried in July, during the 10th volunteer Memory Watch, in which SMU volunteers can also take part.”

Nikita Kolesnichenko shared his impressions of the expedition, who, in addition to his main work, recorded events on video for a future film: “I myself am an activist and quite often go to events in Moscow and the Moscow region, but when I was offered to go on the Sebezh expedition, I immediately agreed, since I have not participated in such search activities before. To be honest, I didn’t even know where it was. When I came home, I read in more detail about the 58th fortified area, learned about its significance for the course of the Great Patriotic War, and was greatly impressed.

It was especially pleasant that our university began to join the topic of expeditions and trips around our vast Motherland. This really helps us, the modern generation, to learn in practice the culture, mentality and history of Russian cities.

The trip to Sebezh itself was quite easy. We got to know each other better, played mind games and, of course, slept. On the way we stopped at the Rzhev Memorial to the Soviet Soldier to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen. I can say that I have never seen such a soul-touching monument to our soldiers in person.

Having lived on the territory of the search camp, I am proud to say that every person who cares about their country should visit here. In the first three days, our team found the remains of three soldiers and a large number of items that had remained untouched since 1941. And even an ordinary barbed wire or a knife, found with one’s own hands in the ground, prompts colossal thoughts about how exactly the events of 83 years ago took place. How people lived in those distant times in such harsh combat conditions.

You know, after combining what you saw with your eyes and what you know from the history course, you begin to understand in a completely different way the value of life, carried away with all its feelings and ideas. Which broke off in one of the bunkers after a grenade exploded or was hit by an ordinary bullet. And there were millions of them…

We celebrated May 9 there in Sebezh. And I want to say that I am proud of my ancestors, who laid down their souls for the future of their children and the future of our country.”

Vladimir Linnik shares his plans for the future and invites everyone to take part in subsequent trips: “I take this opportunity to invite all SUM students to participate in this interesting and very important matter. You begin to look at the war from a completely different angle. This is educational from a historical point of view, and allows you to know your capabilities. Very interesting work, I recommend it to everyone. By the way, on the last night before leaving we enjoyed the northern lights for an hour, which is something you won’t see in Moscow.

The next shift in Sebezh will take place in July, and after that in October. I invite not only me, but also the commander of the search detachment “Trace of the Panther” Vladimir Bumakov and all the searchers of the detachment. In addition, we have already planned for May 21 the start of an ecological expedition to the islands of the Barents Sea, where four students from State University will go.”

Anyone wishing to take part in such expeditions should write to Vladimir Yuryevich Linnik.E-mail: vy_linnik@guu.ruVKontakte: https://vk.com/id350973303Telegram: https://t.me/LinnikVY

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