In Saint-Petersburg on the facade of the Military Academy of logistics on Zakharyevskaya street a memorial plaque in honour of Finnish field Marshal Carl Mannerheim, reports “Interfax”.
In the ceremony of the installation of the memorial was attended by the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov. “As the saying goes, from the song words can not erase. Nobody is going to whitewash the actions of the Mannerheim after 18-year, but up 18, the year he served in Russia, and if so to be completely honest, he lived and worked in Russia longer than he served and lived in Finland”, — he said.
Ivanov recalled the 31-year-old service of the Mannerheim in the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese war. He noted that the Finnish field Marshal was twice wounded and was awarded high state awards.
Ivanov said that he had brought to the event two documents related Mannergame. The first document is a report-request field Marshal dismissal from military service, written January 1, 1918. Mannerheim in the document requested to grant him a pension. The second document, which brought Ivanov, contained a decree of the Soviet government on the appointment of pensions to Mannerheim, size 3761 ruble. “That is, if to call things by their proper names, General Mannerheim was the Soviet army pensioner”, — said the head of the Kremlin administration.
The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky, who was also present at the ceremony, said that the construction of monuments to the heroes of the First world war is an attempt to cope with the tragic split in society. He noted that the memorial Mannerheim is established in order to preserve the memory.
Unveiling of the plaque Mannerheim also commented on in the Kremlin. “Personality Mannerheim hotly debated”, — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told reporters, the correspondent of RBC. “But we can say unequivocally that it the outstanding personality and related to our history and the role it will long be studied by historians,” said he.