On May 9, on Victory Day, a great day for the whole country, Karelia along with all of Russia took part in the Immortal Regiment march. This year even more the
participants took part in the action. Artur Parfenchikov, the Acting Head of Karelia, marched along with the column of the "Immortal Regiment" in Petrozavodsk
together with his son and daughter.
On May 9, the "Immortal Regiment" action was held in Petrozavodsk and throughout Russia as a part of festive events dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the Victory
in the Great Patriotic War. The solemn march of the descendants of the winners in a joint column of the "Immortal regiment" has become one of the main and
most touching events of the Holiday. Thousands of citizens of Petrozavodsk marched from Lenin Square along Karl Marx Prospect to Kirov Square.
Within the "Immortal Regiment" March one could meet Artur Partfenchikov, the Acting Head of Karelia. The head of the region went along with his son Yaroslav and
daughter Anastasia. His children carried portraits of their great-grandfathers: Anton Osipovich Parfenchikov and Ivan Dmitrievich Savchenko.
"My grandfather, Anton Osipovich, missed in action in 1944," said Artur Parfenchikov. "Before that, he had been a commander of a subversive group of partisan
movement in Belarus for three years."
The other grandfather, according to Artur Parfenchikov, was the only man in the family who survived during the war years. Ivan Dmitrievich Savchenko was a
driver on the Road of Life.
"Each of us has their own military history, and there is a price for this war. All the members of my family went to war, and it is very important that today my
children carry portraits of my grandfathers. It is gratifying to emphasize that in Karelia, as well as throughout Russia, the "Immortal Regiment" united thousands
of people who paid the tribute to those who forged the Great Victory at the expense of their lives.
This year, about 17,000 people took part in the "Immortal Regiment" march in Petrozavodsk. Compared with last year, the number of participants has increased by 7,000.
The action was held not only in the capital, but also in the regions of Karelia: thousands of people throughout the Republic joined the march along the streets to
proudly carry portraits of their loved ones. In total, this year more than 38,000 people took part in the "Immortal Regiment" action in Karelia.