This commemorative event, continually supported by the Russia’s largest investment bank VTB Capital, will take place on Monday 9 May 2011 in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent, the Ambassador of Russian Federation Alexander Yakovenko, the Lord Mayor of London, Lord Alan West and other dignitaries. The veterans and the guests will commemorate the heroes with the minute silence, the end of which will be marked by gunfire from HMS Belfast. This will be followed by playing both the Russian and British national anthems.
The formal ceremony will be followed by the British old naval tradition of the “Up Spirits!” toast with Pusser’s Rum, not missing out on the Russian tradition of “To Victory!” toast with the Russian Standard Vodka. The veterans and the guests will have the time to reflect and exchange their memories to the military music from the Royal Artillery Band.
Olga Podoinitsyna, Member of the Board at VTB Capital, stated: “We take special pride in continuing our support for the Arctic Convoys commemoration of Victory Day from its very beginning in 2007. This excellent initiative highlights one of the most heroic chapters of the Second World War and is a great example of the solidarity between Russia and Britain during and after the war. VTB Capital is committed to strengthening ties between the Russian and UK business communities and this moving tribute to our shared history is a part of that goal.”
The founding organiser, Eugene Kasevin, congratulates every remaining veteran of the Second World War in all countries and invites international communities to take interest in the historic role that the Arctic Convoys have played and the ongoing tradition of commemorative remembrance that this event is achieving every year.
The organiser expresses gratitude to VTB Capital and other organisations contributing to the success of the event, which include the Imperial War Museum, Pusser's Rum, Russian Standard Vodka, British Midland International (bmi), The Russia House, Interfax, EUROMAG and others. British airline BMI is the partner to the delegation of Russian veterans.