by New Worker correspondent
SECOND World War veterans, representatives of the embassies of Russia and the former Soviet states, local dignitaries and communists gathered at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park last Sunday for an act of remembrance for the estimated 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war against Nazism.
There were speeches from the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund, the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Abdul Mohammed and the Russian Ambassador, Alexander Yakonenko.
This was followed by wreath laying – including flowers from the New Communist Party.
The event was enhanced by the Second Guards Rifle Division re-enactors, who came to pay their respects to the heroes of the defence of Moscow who inspired them and who gave a powerful visual reminder of those heroes by wearing authentic Red Army uniforms and marching in the ceremonial style of the Red Army.