The “Victory Relay Race” in the Republic of Armenia
On April 14, a solemn event of the “Victory Relay Race” along the borders of the CIS member states, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, took place near the cross-stone placed in the territory of Border Guard Troops Department of the RA NSS.
Commander of Border Guard Troops of the RA NSS, Colonel V. Sargsyan and the head of Border Guard Department of the Russian Federal Security Service in the Republic of Armenia, Lieutenant-General R. Golubitsky took part in the ceremony of launching the "Victory Transfer Race" along the border of the Republic of Armenia.
In his speech, the Commander of Border Guard Troops of the RA NSS emphasized the great merit of those border guards, who were the first to be inflicted by the blows of the fascist troops. V. Sargsyan also thanked the border guards, who today faithfully serve their country, people and face every challenge. Noting the role of the Armenian people in the Great Patriotic War, Colonel V. Sargsyan said. “There is no family in the whole CIS that has not been affected by the war. About 600,000 Armenians from the Soviet Union joined the Red Army, and more than 300,000 died on the battlefield. The Armenian people have honorably fulfilled their duty. This Victory is our peoples' Victory, which we must never forget.”
The Relay Race will be conducted by the RA NSS border subdivisions, after which on April 17 in Gyumri it will be handed over to the representatives of Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service in the Republic of Armenia. It will continue its journey.
The “Victory Relay Race” is planned by the decision of the CIS Council of Heads of State, at the suggestion of the Council of Border Guard Troops Commanders, which aims to perpetuate the heroic feat and unity of the CIS peoples.
The Relay Race started in the cities of Brest and Murmansk on February 5. It passes along the borders of 9 CIS countries with a total length of more than 60,000 km.
The closing ceremony is scheduled for May 28 in the Russian capital.