I.Metshin on awarding the honorary title City of Labor Valor to Kazan
Today in Moscow, a bill has passed through third
reading on the honorary title City of Labor Valor to be awarded to cities whose
residents made a significant contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic
war, ensuring uninterrupted production and revealing mass labor heroism.
Undoubtedly, Kazan can justly claim to that title. On
this occasion, I received numerous appeals from citizens, public organizations,
and enterprise groups, as well as from the Kazan city Duma and Tatarstan President.
All appeals testify to great patriotism and great love for the city, its
history, and speak of a desire to pay deserved honor and glory to the labor
feat of Kazan citizens.
During the war, Kazan has become one of the most
important home fronts of the country. The city provided uninterrupted
production and supply of military and civilian goods. In Kazan, 139 industrial
enterprises were rebuilt for a military purpose, and another 70 enterprises
were evacuated from the Central and Western regions of the country. The
enterprises produced more than 600 items of weapons, ammunition and equipment
for the needs of the Red Army. By the way, every sixth combat aircraft produced
during the war years received a “sky pass” in Kazan. The city supplied the
front with gunpowder for Katyushas, sniper sights, air film and catgut
(surgical gut) ... Consumer goods manufactory employees worked hard as well.
The enterprises of the city provided with shoes divisions and dressed up
Many more documented facts of labor heroism of our citizens
can be provided.
Also, citizens actively participated in all forms of front
assistance movement: they contributed to the defense fund, to the Red Army's
For self-sacrifice work in the rear during the Great
Patriotic war, many employees of enterprises and organizations of Kazan were
awarded government medals. More than 43 thousand Kazan citizens were awarded
the honorary title of Home Front Worker.
Today, I addressed to Tatarstan State Council deputies
with a proposal to prepare a petition to Russian President on assignment Kazan the
title of City of Labor Valor. No doubt, the honorary title would pay the tribute
to the memory and decent respect to the dedication of citizens of our city.