Last Soviet Red Army Soldier From St Petersburg to Storm the Nazi Reichstag has Died



The last member of the Soviet Red Army division that lived in St.
Petersburg and stormed the German Reichstag in Berlin at the end of
World War Two has died aged 93. In his honor, the Russian Parliament
flag was replaced with the Red Flag, which was raised by the Russian
veteran’s regiment.


Nikolay
Belyaev was the last survivor that lived in St. Petersburg who took
part in storming the German Reichstag, which was undertaken by troops of
the Soviet Third Shock Army. This was a division much feared by the
enemy, and it lead the charge into Berlin in the closing days of the
war.


Nikolay served with the 756th Regiment, which headed for the
German Reichstag. When they reached the famous building, they removed
the Nazi swastika flag that hung over the Nazi Parliament’s rooftop and
replaced it with the Soviet’s own Red Flag. The date was the first of
May, 1945.


Reports
of Nikolay’s death swarmed Russian media, stating that Nikolay died in
peace in the city of St. Petersburg. His friends said that Nikolay was a
very active man right up until he died; a biography of his war
experiences is due to be published next year.After serving with
the Red Army in World War Two, Nikolay transferred to the Soviet Navy
and joined its Pacific fleet. When his tour of duty ended, Nikolay
returned to his hometown and worked in a factory until he retired many
years later.


The German Reichstag opened in 1894 and remains the
historical center for Germany’s Government. The Nazis took over the
Reichstag in 1933, but just as they did, a fire caused all political
parties to move out, so they never actually used the building as their
main headquarters. It was, however, seen as a symbolic center for the
Third Reich and an appropriate place for the Allies and Red Army to
conquer the Nazi party.


Nikolay’s
regiment began its invasion of the Reichstag in the early morning of
the last day of April in 1945. Stalin declared that it was in the hands
of the Soviet Red Army the next day so the USSR’s May Day parades could
celebrate the victory across the country.


Even though Stalin had
made the announcement, the actual fighting to take the building
continued all day on the 30th of April and on through to the early
morning of the 1st of May. Even when the troops erected the Red Flag
over the building, there was still fighting going on inside.


Around 200, German soldiers fighting for a long dead Nazi Empire died during the battle, and hundreds were injured.




At
least ten more Red Army veterans who took part in that legendary
attack, are still alive. As for now, the following are known:Georgy Artemenkov (now living in Belarus)
Fedor Bakumenko (Kazakhstan)
Yakov Fadeyev (Moldova)
Vasily Korzanov (Estonia)
Ivan Lysenko, Hero of the Soviet Union (Russia)
Ivan Podvorny (Belarus)
Nikolay Rodionov (Russia)
Vasily Ustyugov (Russia)
Boris Vigdergauz (Russia)
Boris Zolotarevsky (Israel)




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