"We Will Always Remember and Make Sure the World Never Forgets": a Solemn Rally in Honor of Victory Day Held at LETI

Students, teachers and staff of ETU “LETI” paid tribute to LETI students and teachers who died fighting for their Motherland during the Great Patriotic War.

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On 7 May 2024, a solemn rally in honor of the 79th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was held at ETU “LETI”. The event took place in the park near the Monument to the students and teachers of LETI who died fighting for their Motherland.

Teachers, staff and students of the university, as well as war veterans took part in the rally. A guard of honor consisting of the students of the Military Training Center of ETU “LETI” lined up before the monument. The presenters were Cheslav Petrovich, professor of ETU “LETI”, Captain 2nd rank, and Natalia Loktionova, the director of the Art Center of ETU “LETI”.

The rally began with a solemn procession of the LETI Immortal Regiment: students of the Military Training Center of ETU "LETI" marched in front of the audience, carrying portraits of LETI students and teachers who fought on the battlefields and worked in the rear during the war.

Viktor Sheludko, Rector of ETU "LETI", addressed the participants of the rally with a speech. He recalled the courage and determination of those who defended their Motherland on the frontlines of the Great Patriotic War and those who laboured in the rear and noted that it is vital to preserve the memory of the Great Victory for future generations. In addition, Viktor Sheludko highlighted the fact that, just like their ancestors, the citizens of the XXI century Russia display courage and unity when facing global threats.

"On these May days, our whole country pays tribute to the memory of the defenders of the Motherland, who protected our homeland, fought on the frontlines, worked in the rear. We remember those who sacrificed their lives. We honor those who returned victorious and rebuilt our country from the ruins. We remember all the soldiers who never came back from the battlefields. We remember the LETI students and teachers who worked in the rear, tempered the armor of tanks and helped Leningrad during the siege. Many years have passed since then. Our veterans are passing away. But the Immortal Regiment has brought a new impetus to preservation of our historical memory, protection of the true history and education of young people."

Viktor Sheludko, Rector of ETU "LETI"

Viktor Shcherbakov, recipient of the Order of the Red Star and the Order For Service to the Motherland II and III degrees, a retired General-Major, shared his memories of how the Soviet Union celebrated Victory Day for the first time. He also paid tribute to the veterans who fought for a peaceful future in the Great Patriotic War and to the military personnel who perform their duty today.

"Throughout the years of serving in the army and working in the veterans' organization of the Petrogradsky district, I knew many people who fought in the Great Patriotic War. They are the most wonderful and kindest people. They risked their lives and shed blood so that all of us could live. I am very glad that every year LETI celebrates the memory of its teachers and students who fought in the Great Patriotic War."

Viktor Shcherbakov, recipient of the Order of the Red Star and the Order For Service to the Motherland II and III degrees, a retired General-Major

Igor Mironenko, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation and Honored Professor of ETU “LETI”, told of how the Soviet Union faced the treacherous attack of Nazi Germany. The enemy had better personnel training and technical equipment but the USSR managed to stand and win thanks to the unparalleled courage of soldiers and officers, strong Command and self-sacrificial labour of specialists and workers. Igor Mironenko noted that it is vital to remember the heroism of the Soviet people.

"In 1941, the industry of the Soviet Union was falling behind the German military-industrial complex. By the middle of 1943, it was ahead of the enemy country in all spheres. No words can describe how much the Soviet people have done in these two years."

Igor Mironenko, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation and Honored Professor of ETU “LETI”

On behalf of the students of ETU “LETI”, Grigory Medovnik, a cadet of the Military Training Center of ETU “LETI”, Head of the Student Patriotic Club Gangut, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”, addressed the audience. He spoke about the activities of the Gangut aimed at preserving historical memory.

"Every year more and more people are trying to distort the truth about the Great Patriotic War, to distort the memory that we are trying to preserve. But they are not succeeding and they never will. This is why it is so important that we have gathered today at the Monument to the students and teachers of LETI who died fighting for their Motherland. This is why it is so important that we remember and make sure the world never forgets. That is why the work of the Student Patriotic Club Gangut is important too. Our activities seeking to study the local history and investigate the destiny of the soldiers gone missing in action were highly appreciated by the leadership of the Association of Student Patriotic Clubs "I am proud". We are not going to stop and are planning to continue working in this direction."

Grigory Medovnik, a cadet of the Military Training Center of ETU “LETI”, Head of the Student Patriotic Club Gangut, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”

The following four students of the Military Training Center of ETU "LETI" were awarded certificates of honour for success in naval training, conscientious attitude to study, initiative and discipline and in commemoration of Victory Day:

  • Gregory Medovnik Head of the Student Patriotic Club Gangut, of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”;
  • Vadim Kirichenko, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Automation of ETU "LETI";
  • Grigory Titkov, a 1st-year student of the master's course of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”;
  • Vasily Bukin, 3rd-year student of the master's course of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”.

These students received their certificates from Viktor Sheludko, Rector of ETU "LETI", and Maxim Chetverikov, Head of the Military Training Center of ETU "LETI", Captain 1st rank. 

The representatives of the ETU “LETI” theatre studio Time to Play Margarita Belova (a 3rd-year student of the Faculty of Humanities of ETU “LETI”) and Grigory Titkov (a 1st-year student of the master's course of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”) told the audience of how teachers and students of LETI made their contribution to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. At the end of the performance, Margarita and Grigory quoted the lines from a famous poem about the heroism of the Baltic Fleet.

At the end of the rally, the participants honored the memory of students and teachers of LETI who died on the battlefields of the Great Patriotic War with a moment of silence and laid flowers at the foot of the monument.

In the second half of the event, the members of the Art Center of ETU "LETI" performed the musical and poetical program The May of Victory. Anna Titovich, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Information Measuring and Biotechnical Systems of ETU "LETI", and Diana Shotovskaya, a 1st-year student of the Faculty of Radio Engineering and Telecommuications of ETU “LETI”, performed well-known and beloved songs of the 1940s. Participants of the sports ballroom dance studio of ETU "LETI" and the ModStep dance studio presented their performances to the music associated with the epoch.

Moreover, according to tradition, the participants of the rally tasted dishes of the field kitchen, served by the employees of the Buffet of the Building 3 of ETU "LETI". The so-called “soldier's porridge” is a consistent attribute of LETI's events dedicated to Victory Day.


Leila Mayat, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Humanities of ETU "LETI"