Shovels and brooms were used to fight for victory in a very special competition in Novosibirsk: the jury had to decide who designed the “most beautiful soldier’s grave”…
Three teams from Omsk, Sevastopol – where the sailors of the guided missile cruiser “Moskva” sunk in the Black Sea were stationed – and from Novosibirsk dug and decorated graves.
One participant said: “The initial design with granite and cement is important – after all, you can’t change anything after that for years. And it is good if there is not much to clean when visiting the grave.”
The winners of the competition were the members of the “Omsk Memory Park” team: they took away the prize money of 20,000 rubles, which is currently 290 euros.
As the Ukrainian government always emphasizes, the number of soldiers killed in the war in Ukraine is said to be more than 25,000. Russian government spokesmen deny this and confirm 1,300 casualties. In view of the daily cruel fighting in the Donbass, however, this number, which is widespread in Moscow, is likely to be a gross understatement.