The cooperation agreement was signed with the leading museum of Tajikistan
On May 25 in the White Hall of The Museum of Political History of Russia was signed a cooperation agreement between the State Museum of Political History of Russia and the National Museum of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The document was signed by Elena Lysenko, Acting General Director of the Museum of Political History of Russia, and Ibrohimzoda Zafarsho Safo, Director of the National Museum of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The agreement was signed as part of the program “Saint-Petersburg - the Cultural Capital of the CIS 2023”. In her opening speech, Elena Anatolievna Lysenko noted the international nature of the document and its focus on the preservation, study and popularization of the cultural heritage of our countries, as well as the deepening of scientific and cultural relations. “The first stage of the agreement implementation will be preparation and opening of a joint exhibition in January 2024, timed to the 80th anniversary of lifting of Leningrad siege, on the platform of our museum,” - she said. Ibrohimzoda Zafarsho Safo emphasized: “The period of the Great Patriotic War is one of the most important pages in the history of Tajikistan - our common history. From the republic 300,000 people were drafted and 90,000 soldiers were killed”. The people of Tajikistan were among the first to come to the aid of the besieged Leningrad. In December 1941, from the republic was sent the first train with food for the city, and in the summer of 1942 the sailors of the Baltic Fleet and the inhabitants of Leningrad met another special train (50 wagons) with food. In June - December 1941 and during 1942, 150,000 citizens from all over the Soviet Union were evacuated to Tajikistan. Only in Stalinabad (Dushanbe), according to Stalinabad City Council, was evacuated over 20,000 adults and children from besieged Leningrad. In October-December 1941, trains of evacuated theater groups began arriving in Stalinabad. Among them were such famous theaters as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniatures of Arkady Raikin and the Leningrad Theater of Comedy. In the fall of 1941, two orphanages from Leningrad and the Leningrad Region were evacuated to Stalinabad. Soldiers from Tajikistan also showed heroism among the defenders of Leningrad. At the Leningrad front the title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to 4 natives of Tajikistan, one of them, Tuychi Erdzhigitov, repeated the immortal act of Alexander Matrosov.