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Khimki War Memorial is a memorial to two Soviet pilots and four Red Army soldiers in Novoluzhinskoe cemetery, Khimki, Russia.

The memorial and the graves were originally located near Leningradskoye Shosse, a major highway leading from Moscow to the international Sheremetyevo Airport. The remains of the pilots and soldiers were exhumed under the sanction of Khimki authorities in April 2007, and reburied later with military honours to a newly built memorial on the Alley of Heroes in the Novoluzhinskoe cemetery, in the centre of Khimki.

Soldiers buried in Khimki War Memorial:[1][2]
1. Mikhail Alexandrovich Rodionov (died June 1942),
    Junior Lieutenant, pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union
2. Boris Alexandrovich Borodavkin
    (died February 13, 1943), Lieutenant
3. Ivan Azarovich Chistiakov
    (died January 1942), Lieutenant
4. Alexey Georgievich Levin
    (died 1941), Sergeant, pilot
5. Sergey Vasilyevich Maximov
    (died August 26, 1942), Private
6. Ivan Alexeyevich Pupychkin
    (died November 30, 1941), Private

"Removal" controversy[edit | edit source]

The original "demolition" of the war memorial on April 18 created a controversy in Russia.[3] Several sources reported that the remains of the war heroes were lost.[4] According to an early report, officials used bulldozers to demolish the memorial, leaving some of the remains on site.[3] Several sources reported that the remains of the war heroes were lost.[4][5][6] This was later proved to be not true.

Among the reasons for the relocation the officials of Khimki cited the complaints about prostitutes hanging around at night.[3] Another incentive for the removal of the graves was the need to widen the highway.[7]

The communist columnist, Anatoly Baranov, argued that it was the prostitutes who were to be lifted, not the veterans.[8] On Sunday, April 22, a group of members of the Union of Communist Youth staged a protest at the site. The militsiya dispersed the meeting with force, as it was not sanctioned by the authorities. Several of those taking part were arrested; they later claimed to have been beaten and declared a hunger strike.[9][10]

The Khimki war memorial relocation incident was widely and not always appropriately[11][12] used in relation to the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn controversy at the time.[10][13]

Reburial[edit | edit source]

The reburial of war heroes on May 6, 2007.[2]

On 6 May 2007, the major TV channels of Russia showed the footage of the reburial of the exhumed remains at the Novoluzhinskoe cemetery, located in the centre of the city.[14] The solemn ceremony was attended by about 1,000 people, including many veterans. An armoured carrier led the funerary procession. "The fallen heroes were remembered with a triple gun salvo from a Moscow Military District regiment."[2][15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Обращение депутатов Совета депутатов городского округа Химки Московской области" (in Russian). Khimki Administration. 2007-04-27. http://www.himki.ru/news_2704_d27.04.2007.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Фоторепортаж из Химок" (in Russian). drugoi. 2007-05-06. http://drugoi.livejournal.com/2179809.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Спор о берцовой кости" (in Russian). Nezavisimaya Gazeta. 2007-05-24. http://www.ng.ru/ng_politics/2007-05-24/13_bones.html. Retrieved 2007-06-07.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Exhumed Over Prostitutes" defined multiple times with different content
  4. 4.0 4.1 "На месте бывшего захоронения героев Великой Отечественной войны остались брошенные кости" (in Russian). Novye Izvestiya. 2007-04-20. http://www.newizv.ru/print/68316. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  5. "Mystery Swirls in Khimki Over Whereabouts of War Remains". The Moscow Times. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. http://web.archive.org/web/20070504061440/http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2007/04/28/014.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  6. "Russian parliament urges political, economic sanctions for Estonia". The Raw Story. 2007-04-27. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. http://web.archive.org/web/20071007084252/http://rawstory.com/news/dpa/Russian_parliament_urges_political__04272007.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  7. "Провокаторы" (in Russian). Khimki Administration. 2007-04-18. http://www.himki.ru/news_2541_d18.04.2007.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  8. "Героев выкинули вместо проституток" (in Russian). KPRF. 2007-04-18. http://www.cprf.ru/news/articles/we/48715.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  9. "Милиционеры избили защитников воинских захоронений в Химках" (in Russian). Агентство Национальных Новостей. 2007-04-23. http://www.annews.ru/news/detail.php?ID=95152. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Botched reburial of veterans in Moscow prompts Russian to ask: "why are we complaining about the Estonians?"". Eesti Elu. 2007-04-26. http://www.eesti.ca/main.php?op=article&articleid=16030. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  11. "Парламентарии: Химки - не Тынисмяги" (in Russian). Regions.ru. 2007-05-07. http://www.regions.ru/news/2074065/. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  12. "Мелкие пакости" (in Russian). Your Day (newspaper). 2007-05-10. http://www.tden.ru/articles/012987/. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  13. "Блоггер раскрыл ложь СМИ о Братской могиле" (in Russian). Nezavisimaya Gazeta. 2007-05-24. http://www.ng.ru/ng_politics/2007-05-24/13_bones.html. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  14. "Памятник советских воинов в Химках. Справка" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 2007-04-20. http://www.rian.ru/spravka/20070420/64026220.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  15. "Russian pilots reburied in solemn ceremony". United Press International. 2007-05-06. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/05/06/russian_pilots_reburied_in_solemn_ceremony/. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 

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