Sergei Aksyonov and Vladimir Medinsky unveiled a monument to the head of Soviet counterintelligence Pyotr Fedotov
The monument is located on the Alley of Heroes in the village of Koreiz.
The head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, took part in the opening ceremony of the monument to the head of Soviet counterintelligence, Pyotr Fedotov, on the Alley of Heroes in the southern coastal village of Koreiz.
Speaking with a welcoming speech, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladimir Medinsky noted that the program to perpetuate the memory of Soviet military leaders, intelligence officers and counterintelligence officers is aimed at returning forgotten names of outstanding compatriots to history.
More than twenty names have been returned to our historical memory. In honor of those who were erased from history for various reasons, monuments and memorial plaques are unveiled, and names are assigned to public gardens, streets and squares. We cannot correct the mistakes made, but we can restore historical justice and give these people their due, and posthumously return glory to Soviet intelligence officers. Therefore, the implementation of the program will continuesaid Vladimir Medinsky.
He recalled that thanks to Pyotr Fedotov, the lives of not only top officials, but also hundreds of thousands of civilians, Soviet fighters and Allied soldiers were saved.
In turn, Sergei Aksyonov emphasized that perpetuating the memory of people who played their role in history but have been forgotten is a good practice, especially since this program is supported by the President.
The contribution of citizens of the Soviet Union and security officials to the victory was colossal. The whole country lived in one impulse, everyone made every effort to achieve the main goal. A special role was played by those who were on the front line and led the country to victory with their decisions and work, and sometimes at the cost of life and health. Fedotov Pyotr Vasilievich was among such people. The opening of a monument to him is an event for Crimea and for young people, who will have the opportunity to touch history and learn about the great deeds of our ancestors— said the Head of Crimea.
He emphasized that today we face the same task of ensuring the security of our state. To do this, everyone needs to consolidate around the President and the military personnel performing combat missions.
In conclusion, Sergei Aksenov assured that he supports such initiatives to perpetuate the memory of heroes, and expressed gratitude to Vladimir Medinsky, the Military Historical Society, the FSB of Russia and the Directorate of the FSB of Russia in Crimea, the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
After the grand opening, a flower laying ceremony took place. As part of the event, Sergei Aksyonov toured the Yusupov Palace, next to which is the Alley of Heroes.
REFERENCE: Pyotr Vasilyevich Fedotov was born on December 18, 1900 in St. Petersburg. During the Great Patriotic War and the post-war period, Pyotr Vasilyevich Fedotov headed the country’s counterintelligence, served as Deputy Minister of State Security, and from 1947 to 1952, deputy chairman of the Information Committee, which included foreign intelligence. Over the years of service, Pyotr Vasilyevich was awarded many medals and orders, including two Orders of Lenin, 3 Orders of the Red Banner, 2 Orders of the Red Star, and the Order of the Badge of Honor. For his impeccable work during the allied meetings in Yalta, Fedotov was awarded the Order of Kutuzov, 1st degree.
Photos and materials: information department and press service of the Head of the Republic of Crimea.