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Sweden honors memory of Russian sailors

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Sweden honors memory of Russian sailors


rurik.seSweden is hosting commemorative events dedicated to Day of Buring, according to the website of Union of Russian communities in Sweden. Employees of Russian embassy in Sweden, members of Society of Landholders, Russian compatriots and local population are taking part in the activities. Every year they gather at the venue of the former camp for the Soviet interned sailors in Buring, where more than six hundred captive sailors were placed in the period from 1941 to 1944.

The camp was built under authority of the State department of social protection of Sweden population. The initial plan was to put there politically unreliable Sweden communists In case of the country’s invasion or inevitable military involvement of the Kingdom. Instead, the government interned there crews of the trawlers detained at the Sweden territories who were forced to flee bombing attacks and German submarines to Sweden territorial waters. The interned officers were building barracks, roads and helped local population. At first, the camp regime was strict, however, later some concessions were made for the Russian sailors.

The majority of the detained sailors were repatriated at request of USSR, however, thirty-four of them preferred to stay and applied for Sweden citizenship later on.

A granite commemorative stone was set in Buring several years ago to honor the Soviet sailors who were destined to get to Sweden and who held out all the difficulties with dignity.

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