Remains of Kazakh WWII soldiers returned home

The remains of four Kazakh soldiers fallen in World War Two were returned home. A solemn ceremony was held today in Nur-Sultan, which gathered the relatives of soldiers who were missing in action in the 40s. According to the search team, it was possible to identify them by the medallions with their names on it that were found next to the bodies during another expedition in Russia.

“Three soldiers were from Akmola region and one from Karagandy region. The daughters of two of our soldiers are alive. They are 83 years old now. I think it’s a big day for them, because they’ve been looking forward to the return of their fathers as soon as they went to the front. One was two years old and the other three years old at that time. We all must make sure that our grandparents, great-grandparents and fathers are returned. After all, the worst thing for a soldier is to be listed as missing,” said Murat Moldagaliyev, Chairperson, Public Association ‘Atamnyn Amanaty’.

Search operations are continuing in the territory of the CIS. To date, thanks to enthusiastic social activists, it’s been possible to find more than a thousand of Kazakh soldiers who have died defending their homeland. Tens of thousands of soldiers remain lost, and four million descendants keep searching for their relatives.

Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova

Editing by Saule Mukhamejanova