Russian prisoners of the great Northern war of the eighteenth century commemorated on the Swedish island of

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The ceremony of remembrance of the Russian prisoners of war will be held on Saturday on the Swedish island Visingsö in honor of the 300th anniversary of their burial.

Orthodox divine Liturgy and memorial service for buried on this island will be held on the initiative of the Russian-Swedish cultural Association «Friendship of småland», parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in the city of Jönköping, located off the coast of the island, and the Swedish educational Association Bilda. The take part in the ceremony, Russian Ambassador to Sweden Victor Tatarintsev.

«We would like to dedicate the ceremony of the Russian-Swedish friendship, to contribute to friendship,» — said RIA Novosti Ilya Belov, a representative of the Association «Friendship of småland».

Russian cemetery on Visingsö

From 1715 to 1718 year on the island of Visingsö, there were about 2 thousand prisoners, many of whom, according to some estimates, and the majority (1.5 thousand people), were Russian prisoners of war. It is also known that among the prisoners were poles, Danes, British, Dutch. Many died within a year and a half after being on the island. It is not excluded that one of the main causes of death was starvation. Was among the Russian prisoners of war and those who tried to adapt to the conditions and acquired, for example, families, married to a Swede.

According to historians, the island is buried 150-200 prisoners from Russia, and a cemetery, where their resting place is called Russian. In 1995, the Embassy of the Russian Federation there was established a memorial plate.

According to Ilya Belov, the idea for the ceremony came from them a couple of years ago after traveling around the island and exploring the history of the cemetery, well known to many local residents. Thanks to the book by Russian historian Sergei Kozlov, who wrote a book about Russian prisoners of the great Northern war of 1700-1721, able to learn and the names of those buried on the Swedish island. Therefore, the next step of the initiators after the ceremony on Saturday is to raise funds to establish the cemetery memorial stone listing the names of prisoners of war buried there.

In a memorial ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, will be attended by the historian Sergey Kozlov from Russia, as well as the Director of the local Museum in the town of Gränna håkan Jorikson.