The solemn ceremony of commemorative postage stamp dedicated to the legendary scout, the Hero of Russia Alexey Botany, in January 1945, who led the operation to rescue the Polish Krakow from destruction by the Nazis, took place on Wednesday in Moscow.

The event, held via videoconference, was attended by the Director of the foreign intelligence Service of Russia, Chairman of the Russian historical society Sergei Naryshkin and the head of Rossvyaz Oleg Dukhovnitsky.

"it is No secret that for most of our citizens, foreign intelligence associated with its most outstanding representatives. One of these characters was Alexei Botya, the famous scout, the legendary "major storm", unfortunately, departed from us on 104th year of life, did not live quite a few months before the 75th anniversary of the great Victory", – said Naryshkin at the ceremony.

The stamp features a photograph Botany of the great Patriotic war and the medal "gold Star" amid the attractions of Krakow. The release of the new brand is timed to the forthcoming in December of this year to the 100th anniversary of the foreign intelligence Service.

Alexei Botya (1917-2020) during the great Patriotic war made a great contribution to the elimination of the Nazis and the rescue of vast numbers of civilians. Botya became one of the prototypes of the main character of the book Juliana Semenova "Major storm" and the eponymous film, dedicated to the rescue of the Polish city of kraków from destruction by the Nazis in January 1945.

Then the group Botana was able to learn about the plan of the Nazis to undermine the dam reservoir on the Dunajec river in the heart of Krakow. The spilled water was to stop the Soviet offensive. It would have flooded and destroyed Cracow. Group Botana managed to mine and blow up the warehouse of explosives and ammunition were in was located next to the Jagiellonian castle. For courage and heroism in the operation Botany in may 2007 was awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

In the postwar period Botya worked illegally as a scout abroad and then returning home, helped to create the special forces of the foreign intelligence service of the KGB of the USSR "pennant".