Bishkek, May 9. Kyrgyzstan today celebrated the 58th anniversary
of the victory over Nazi Germany, with commemorative meeting-requiems,
veterans' meetings and solemn speeches.
In Bishkek, World War Two veterans gathered on Jengish (Victory) square along with members of Kyrgyz government, lawmakers and politicians. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, in a speech to those assembled, honored the memory of those who sacrificed for victory. Akayev said that this is a great symbolic thing that Russia and other anti-fascism coalition members, including the U.S., are together today.
About 363,000 Kyrgyzstanis participated in World War Two. About 130,000 of them died at the war.
Victory Day commemorations took place in other regional cities and towns of Kyrgyzstan as well as the capitals of the CIS countries. More than 20 million Soviet citizens perished in World War Two.