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Opening of the monument to Russian naval commander Ushakov in Greece: photo essay

Opening of the monument to Russian naval commander Ushakov in Greece: photo essay

On the Greek island of Vido, opposite the larger island of Corfu (Kerkyra), a monument to the Greeks and Russians, "fallen for the freedom and Orthodox faith of their fathers", was opened. The ceremony was attended by members of the Corfu administration, Greek and Russian priests, as well as representatives of the International Public Forum "Russian Week at Corfu-2011". With their help, the monument was created and erected.

The graphic part of the monument consists of a bas-relief board, in the upper part of which is depicted an Orthodox cross towering above the fortress, as a symbol of two countries with a single faith. Under it in the foreground is a two-headed eagle with two sailboats instead of crowns: in the sense of meaning, this part of the relief symbolizes the Russian state as a defender of the Orthodox faith. Below, surrounded by anchors and sea waves, there is a plaque with the text: "Greeks and Russians who fell for the freedom and Orthodox faith of their fathers!

At the solemn opening ceremony of the monument, the mayor of Corfu, Ioannis Trepeklis, stressed that the installation of the monument on the historical island of Vido in honor of Admiral Ushakov confirms the long-standing friendly ties between nations. "For us, the legendary Ushakov is the liberator of Corfu and other Ionian islands from the French occupying forces," the mayor said. "We annually participate in the events of the Russian Week in honor of Ushakov, and this brings the nations closer together. On behalf of the Corfu City Hall, I want to assure that we will continue to support such honorable initiatives. "

Deputy Chairman of the World Russian People’s Council, Chairman of the Writers' Union of Russia Valery Ganichev noted that Ushakov stormed the formidable artillery batteries on Vido Island in 1799 and forced Corfu, which was one of the most powerful in Europe, to capitulate. "Ushakov liberated all the Ionian Islands and created here one of the most democratic states of the time - the Republic of the Seven Ionian Islands, which became the first independent Greek state," he stressed.


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  1. zczczc
    zczczc 11 October 2011 19: 34
    Only another great nation can appreciate the greatness of one people.
  2. Ivan35
    Ivan35 11 October 2011 19: 37
    Greeks have always been the "weak link" in NATO's anti-Russian policy
    Although they are "west" and live on the warm shores of the Mediterranean and geopolitically far from the "Eurasian world" - but Orthodoxy brings us closer together - contrary to all geopolitics
    Of course, they will not be allies - but they will not become real enemies either.
    And if we draw closer "gas pipelines" to old Europe, there will be another "point of introduction"
  3. Gosta
    Gosta 11 October 2011 20: 24
    Just the Greeks have a difficult financial situation, I think in honor of the rapprochement of peoples it is necessary to give a couple of billion dollars to Greece. So is it closer? Remember, Greece is a parasite country that does not have its own economy, it wanted to leave at the expense of the USA at first, it didn’t work, as you can see, now it knocks wedges out of us, because if it is thrown out of the eurozone, you need to continue sitting on someone’s neck. We are not looking for those allies and partners, we always rush for some kind of beggar, we need to make contact with Germany and France, and forget the beggar. You don’t like the fact that we have a mountain of Tajiks and all the other riffraff in the country, as it is the result of rapprochement with all kinds of Beech countries, let’s settle the crowd of Greeks in Russia. You’re talking some garbage and then you wonder why half of the country of illegal immigrants lives with us ... You don’t have much USSR experience when we took all-removed-under the wing, and after they got into our grub, they sat down on the neck and sent us 3 letters. They opened the monument, well done, but this does not mean that they were kindled with love for us. We have already approached with the help of gas pipelines with Ukraine, in the end, what happened? So it will be with the Greeks. I am amazed at your ability to step on the same rake 100 times, how much can you? Therefore, no one takes us seriously. For some reason, all the neighbors are afraid of the Chinese, even the Americans are bustling, because they are looking for profit in everything for their country and don’t spend money on all kinds of people, and even if they spend, then they bring a lot of their goods to this country and, as a result, remain with a huge profit.
    1. Tolia
      Tolia 12 October 2011 12: 13
      Does Russia have any goods other than raw materials that other countries want to buy? And China is your future, although only recently they canceled the 10-hour work day, but they left the 6-day work week and they will teach you how to work, and not sit on the cheek selling raw materials. With an average salary of $ 80, they do very technologically advanced things and don’t show off like in Russia, and the pace of their development is simply amazing ....
  4. sirToad
    sirToad 12 October 2011 03: 20
    the Greeks really have a position - a seam. and in economics they frowned, and then Erdoогan makes unhealthy movements. So there is a feverish search for someone who will fit in case of something. there is little hope for civilized Europe. And of course, it’s nice that they remembered about our sailors. and then the English authors often refer to Corfu as a place of rest and something related to Nelson but about Ushakov not a word.
  5. itr
    itr 12 October 2011 06: 19
    Greeks are normal men!
  6. fellow misha
    fellow misha 12 October 2011 12: 00
    An article about how the Greeks erected a monument to Russian sailors as a tribute to their respect and nothing else, but in the comments we did not go there at all. The Greeks erected a monument from the bottom of their hearts for not any cuts there, look at the installation site, to get billions, they would put a monument to Putin in the center of Athens
    1. sirToad
      sirToad 12 October 2011 14: 18
      Once upon a time, my late grandfather was on a tour of Europe - German museums were invited. as you might imagine it was in 1944-45. the grateful peoples of Europe erected monuments in honor of that trip - both Czechs and Hungarians and other gypsies. only another wind is blowing in their sails now and they demolished these monuments. can also be said about Georgians and Bulgarians.
      what they have installed is good, and well done.
      but I don’t really believe in the sincerity of small nations in the light of the events of recent years.