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MOSCOW, October 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to make a working visit on Tuesday to the Bryansk region located some 350 km to the southwest of Moscow.
The purpose of his trip there is to visit the Khatsun memorial compound that commemorates the Russian villages burned down by Nazi forces during World War II, the governmental press service said Monday.
The compound is located in the Karachev district near a village name Khatsun. Exactly seventy years ago, October 25, 1941 the Nazis executed by shooting a total of 318 residents of the village and burned it to ashes the next year.
Putin will lay flowers at the memorial and will have a conversation with World War II veterans and former fighters of local guerilla units – the partisans as they have been traditionally called in the USSR and Russia – who operated in the vast forests of the Bryansk region during the Nazi occupation of the territory.
Also, he will meet with members of volunteer search units that take an active part in finding and identifying the remains of Soviet soldiers, who fell in combat and were most typically buried in communal graves in the areas of combat operations.
His contacts with the war veterans will most likely involve a discussion of pressing social issues, like the care for the veterans, the maintenance of historical memory, the fostering of patriotism in the young generations of Russians, and the role that state agencies and public organizations might play in resolving the current problems.