on this day, 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany without warning invaded the territory of the Soviet Union from the Western borders of the country. Thus began the Great Patriotic war, which lasted nearly four years and ended unconditional victory of the red army. According to tentative estimates, in the years of war killed 27 million Soviet citizens, including the military and the civilian population.

every year on the 22nd of June in Russia marks Day of memory and grief. This year, the Cabinet established the single time the all-Russian minute of silence throughout the country – 12:15 GMT.