Memorial Day for Russians performing official duties outside the Fatherland (15/02)

Since 2011, an important memorable date has been celebrated in Russia - the Day of Remembrance for Russians who performed their official duty outside the Fatherland. It was approved by Federal Law No. 320-FZ “On Amendments to Article 1.1 of the Federal Law “On the Days of Military Glory and Commemorative Dates of Russia”, signed by the President of the Russian Federation on November 29, 2010.

On February 15, 1989, the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was completed. A memorable date was set to remind of this event, as well as in memory of more than 14 thousand Soviet soldiers and officers who did not return from the Afghan war.

Many historians and analysts call the war in Afghanistan the most brutal and bloody battlefield deployed after the Great Patriotic War. In January 1980, an emergency session of the UN General Assembly condemned the entry of Soviet troops into Afghanistan - the decision to send troops into Afghanistan was called aggression. But, as you know, in the Soviet Union for many years the truth about the Afghan war was hidden, soldiers and officers were called the neutral word "internationalists", silent about the true role of the participants in the military campaign.