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13 February 2024, 18:04

Stamp marking 35th anniversary of Soviet  withdrawal from Afghanistan launched in Minsk

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) - An official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the postal stamp sheet marking the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was held at the Main Post Office in Minsk on 13 February, BelTA has learned.

Belarus’ Minister of Communications and Informatization Konstantin Shulgan, Chairman of the Belarusian Union of Afghan War Veterans Valery Gaidukevich and veterans of the Afghanistan war took part in the ceremony.

"Memory is what keeps us human. We should always remember and honor our history, no matter how much time has passed. And we do. By passing this memory to our children and grandchildren, we nurture the basis for preserving the traditions," Konstantin Shulgan noted.

No other country puts as much effort as Belarus into perpetuating the historical memory, he added. "The conditions created by the state are definitely at a high level. The head of state often speaks about the importance of improving educational and ideological work, since there is always room for improvement,” the minister said.

Valery Gaidukevich thanked the Ministry of Communications and Informatization and the national mail service Belpochta for cooperation. "This is not our first joint project," he mentioned.

The postal sheet depicts the church monument in honor of Archangel Michael, located in the Spiritual and Patriotic Complex in memory of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The complex was further developed at the initiative of the Bereza district organization the Belarusian Union of Afghanistan War Veterans, and it now hosts a museum of weapons and hardware. "All the events marking the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan evoke a sense of pride. We did not fight in vain, we did not follow the orders in vain," he added.

The project includes a postal sheet, a first-day-of-issue envelope and a special postmark. For the first time the postal products depict the church monument in honor of Archangel Michael located in Bereza. The postal stamp sheets were dedicated both in Minsk and in Bereza of Brest Oblast.

The postal sheet has a limited edition of 10,000 copies. Marina Vitkovskaya is the designer of the project. The sheet was issued by Nepogodin Bobruisk Enlarged Printing House.
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