Ilsur Metshin: “We honor the memory of our grandfathers”
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
Metshin, like many other citizens of Kazan, took part in the march of the
“Immortal Regiment”. The Mayor of Kazan went to the march with a portrait of
his grandfather Muzagit Metshin.
through the whole war from the first days to the Victory in 1945, fought on the
Belorussian Front, was a machine gunner and participated in the liberation of
Kaliningrad. He received five wounds and two concussions. He met the Victory
Day in Poland. He passed away in the early 1960s.
was six years old when the war began, and he remembers well this difficult
time. Our family lived in a village in the Tukayevsky region and experienced
all the hardships of the war, including famine”, said the head of Kazan.
relatives of Ilsur Metshin also took part in the war. Nurmei Gizatullin served
as an ordinary rifleman-driver; in 1942 he was wounded and transferred to the
reserve. Nurulla Sharifullin, the grandfather by the mother’s side, was the
mortar maker of the 80th separate ski battalion of the 257th Infantry Division
– the 91st Guards Rifle Division of the 2nd formation – the Western Front. He
died in 1942.
sent to the Pskov region in the first months of the war. The reconnaissance
group, into which he entered, penetrated the enemy's deep rear and undermined
the formations with weapons that went to reinforce the Germans. But after
completing the assignment, the enemy destroyed them. Already in our time,
search teams found eyewitnesses who, as children in the Great Patriotic War,
saw how an enemy tank literally crushed Soviet soldiers, including my
grandfather. Then my mother was only three months old and she grew up an
orphan, never seeing her father”, the Mayor shared the history of his ancestor
the memory of our grandfathers, very proud of their feat, and we pass this
memory from generation to generation. Even now, telling these stories, we are
overflowing with a sense of pride and huge gratitude for having our right to
life, our native land defended with an incredibly high price. A huge tragedy
affected the entire country, and today the main thing is to prevent the war so
that we or our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will not see
it”, said I. Metshin.
procession of the column in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the
Great Patriotic War started at the intersection of streets Karl Marx and
Tolstoy and passed along the route of streets K. Marx, Lobachevsky,
Kremlevskaya to the Millennium Square. The largest Victory Banner with an area
of more than 200 square meters led the procession, which was carried by 600
people: participants of the international youth educational project “Union is
the heirs of Victory”. The total length of the route in the capital of
Tatarstan was more than 2 km. About 120 thousand Kazan citizens took
part in the action.
the Mayor of Kazan took part in the ceremony of laying flowers to the Eternal
Flame and the Monument to the Mothers and Widows of the dead soldiers in Pobedy
Park and visited the solemn parade.