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Vietnamese soldiers are honoured for fighting in Russia's Great Patriotic War

17:11 | 10/06/2020

The Russian Ministry of Defence has honoured seven Vietnamese soldiers who joined the Red Army of the former Soviet Union against fascism, in celebration of the 75th victory of the Great Patriotic War. Those Vietnamese soldiers now have their profiles included in the database of the ‘memorial road’ museum complex soon to be inaugurated in the suburb of Moscow.

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The picture and information of a Vietnamese soldier at the museum complex. (Photo: NDO)

In 1926, on the initiative of Nguyen Ai Quoc, the former name of late President Ho Chi Minh, to the Communist International Executive Committee, some patriotic Vietnamese youths were sent to the Soviet Union to study. When World War II broke out, a number of young men in this group decided to join the Soviet army against Nazi aggression. Many fought bravely and laid down their lives on the battlefield during the war to defend Moscow in 1941.

They are Le Phan Chan, Dinh Truong Long, Vuong Thuc Thoai, Vuong Thuc Lien, Hoang The Tu, Nguyen Sinh Than, and Ngo Chi Thong.

Among them, Chan, Thoai, Lien, Tu and Than were conferred the Order of the Patriotic War, first class, by the Supreme Soviet Presidium on December 12, 1986. They were also awarded posthumously the “Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945” medal, reported the nhandan.

vietnamese soldiers are honoured for fighting in russias great patriotic war
The picture and information of Le Phan Chan aka Ly Phu San at the museum complex. (Photo on VNA)

The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia, in collaboration with relevant Russian agencies and Russian friends, has managed to identify seven Vietnamese soldiers who participated in the Great Patriotic War. The portraits and names of the late soldiers are on display along with many other late Russian soldiers at Kubinka Museum on the outskirts of Moscow that honours those who sacrificed their lives during the past war nearly 8 decades ago.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh and representatives of the Vietnamese defence attaché office in Russia were invited to visit the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces and the museum complex on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War (1945-2020).

Talking to the press on the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh said the embassy has collaborated with Vietnamese and Russian agencies and the Russian Defence Ministry to collect information on the soldiers.

“We are proud of the bravery of the Vietnamese soldiers in protecting Moscow and fighting the Nazi Germany,” he said, describing their comradeship with Russian soldiers a demonstration of the two countries’ communist solidarity and friendship in the Great Patriotic War of Russia.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia, in collaboration with relevant Russian agencies and Russian friends, has managed to identify seven Vietnamese soldiers who participated in the Great Patriotic War. The portraits and names of the late soldiers are on display along with many other late Russian soldiers at Kubinka Museum on the outskirts of Moscow that honours those who sacrificed their lives during the past war nearly 8 decades ago, cited from the vov.

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