The brave warrior and commander of a reconnaissance squad during the Great Patriotic War fought at Stalingrad, participated in the liberation of Budapest, and celebrated the Victory Day in Austria. He is a recipient of more than 10 war decorations. After the war, he worked as a chief of a village Council in his homeland, he occupied himself with sports, and writing poems and songs. He died in 1995.
Lafishev Banchuk Narikovich, a front-line soldier and defender of Stalingrad from aul Krasny Vostok, led a bright life. He not only liberated Stalingrad but also fought at Kursk, in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, and finished the war in Berlin.
Stories about our countrymen who defended Stalingrad do not end here. Many facts about them can be found in archives of the State National Library of the Republic.
Today, the Russian Federation's President V. V. Putin's words — addressed to participants of the grand meeting devoted to 70-years battle of Stalingrad in February, 2nd of 2012 — ring especially true: "Stalingrad, undoubtedly, will forever be a symbol of Russian nation's invincibility and unity, and while we demonstrate respect to ourselves and to our history, show respect and love to our Motherland, our native language and culture, our historic memory — Russia will always be invincible."
Every year, unfortunately, fewer and fewer participants in the bloodiest war of the XX century are left. Soldiers who sacrificed their blood for the Great Victory are dying, and along with them, the living history and chronicles of heroic battles, fortitude, courage and self-sacrifice also die. In order to preserve these, we must care about those who survived these terrible years of war.
The second book published in a series "They Defended Stalingrad" is one of such steps labors. It was prepared by enthusiasts of their work — the seekers, employees of the National Library of the Republic.
Our duty is to remember and honour the victors every day. Preserving the historic memory about our heroes today, on the eve of the Great Victory, is the very national idea that unites all of us Russians.
To that end, we do many things, but it is only a fraction of the gratitude that we can express to people who gifted us an opportunity to live in this wonderful land.
By Salykh Khapchaev