04.11.2023–08.07.2024 MOSCOW, VDNH


Journalist Alexander Malkevich and military correspondent Maryana Naumova met with guests of the RUSSIA EXPO

Journalist Alexander Malkevich and military correspondent Maryana Naumova met with guests of the RUSSIA EXPO
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Photo: Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA News

On the eve of Defender of the Fatherland Day, cavalier of the Order of Courage Alexander Malkevich and four-time world champion in powerlifting, war correspondent, honorary citizen of the DPR Maryana Naumova shared their understanding of patriotism with the guests of the Exposition.

Maryana noted that in her family this day has always felt like a holiday, because her great-grandfather reached Berlin during the Great Patriotic War, her grandfather served in missile units, her father also served in the army. In turn, Alexander Malkevich reminded that over time, the meaning of the Day of Defenders of the Fatherland has become a bit blurred, and today it is necessary to return the patriotic "firmware". Fortunately, in the last two years great steps have been made in this direction: documentary and feature films about heroes are being released, festivals of patriotic songs are being held, collections of military poetry are being published.

The theme of heroism in its modern understanding became the keynote of the conversation. Alexander Malkevich is a cavalier of the Order of Courage, at the meeting he told why he received such a high award.

Photo: Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA News

"I received the Order for having survived and helped others to survive when the Nazis shot a column of civilians with twelve HIMARS during the evacuation from Kherson in the fall of 2022. That night under the Antonov Bridge, I became an evacuation expert: we had to free cars, get people out, and send the wounded to hospitals. We were lucky that the raised pontoon of the crossing took the main blow, but still five people were killed. Since then, I know for sure: the main thing in a critical situation is not to panic and keep a cool mind," said Alexander Malkevich.

Maryana Naumova shared her idea of heroism. She emphasized that her trips to Donbass helped her to truly understand the meaning of the word "hero".

Photo: Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA News

"For me, the heroes are Donetsk utility workers who go out on the streets and do their job under any circumstances. They are bus drivers who take the route to some outskirts, knowing that they may come under fire. They are the doctors and teachers who stayed in their towns because without their knowledge and skills, the residents would be sick. They are the guys, my peers, who volunteered to go to the battlefront. They could have gone to a place where there is no shooting, but they did not, because Donbass is their home, and the home must be defended. It's amazing how much war brings out the best in a person - your classmate or neighbor can turn out to be a hero. I think that Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday of all these people," said Maryana Naumova.

Both speakers emphasized the fact that the fighting nowadays takes place not only in the trenches on the battlefront, but also in the information space and affects even those who live far from the front line. Maryana Naumova and Alexander Malkevich emphasized that the best weapon is knowledge. Modern teenagers should learn the skills of information hygiene: to be able to choose trustworthy sources on the Internet, to separate fakes from facts, to focus on competent authors. The speakers also emphasized that now more than ever it is important to know the history of your country and your family, because the heroic victories of the past give Russian society the strength to cope with the challenges of the present.

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