Ilsur Metshin visited the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Sakhap Ilalov
Today, the Mayor
of Kazan Ilsur Metshin personally congratulated Sakhap Salakhovich Ilalov -the
97-year-old resident of the capital of Tatarstan, a veteran of the Great
Patriotic War, on the occasion of the Victory Day. The head of the city came to
visit the veteran on Kulakhmetova Street, where he lives with a daughter and
met Ilsur Metshin in ceremonial uniform with orders and awards. The head of the
city congratulated him on the occasion of the Victory Day. “You are our hero!
Thank you for the blue sky above and the peaceful time in which we live today!”
- he addressed the veteran.
meeting, Sakhap Ilalov told the guests about his rough life. He was born in
1924 in the village of Novoe Alparovo in Tatarstan. In 1940, he moved to Kazan,
where he worked as an electrician at the “Kozhzavod” factory. He left for army
in December 1942. He served in the artillery troops as a wireman, participated
in the defense of Stalingrad. “I won't say it was scary. We didn't think about
death, we just did our duty and lived in the hope that everything would end
soon,”- Sakhap Ilalov recalled.
In May 1945, he was
near Berlin. For his valiant service, Sakhap Ilalov was awarded the Order of
the Patriotic War of the 2nd class, the medal “For Courage”. “We
couldn't believe that the war was over. For a long time, I remembered the death
of my comrades, the explosions of grenades – in general, adjusting to a
peaceful life,”- the veteran said.
After the war,
Sakhap Ilalov returned to Kazan, worked at the “TASMA” plant as an electrician.
In 1984, he retired.
Despite his considerable
age, the veteran actively participates in all events that are held during the
Victory Day celebration. The veteran is surrounded by a loving family: a
daughter, two grandchildren and one great-grandson, who support him.
This year Sakhap
Ilalov turned 97 years old, the head of the city asked about the secret of his
longevity. “I do exercises in the morning, I walk a lot outside, simple
enough,”- he said.
Ilsur Metshin wished the veteran a long life,
presented a greeting card on behalf of Tatarstan President and the Mayor of
Kazan, as well as commemorative gifts.
A nice surprise for the veteran was a greeting from
the team of propagandists of the Kirovsky and Moskovsky districts of Kazan.
Young men in military uniforms staged a war song concert right under the window
of his apartment.
“It is important that on the eve of 9 May, such
festive events are held that unite the neighbors, all residents of the city. We
should honor and remember the feat of the heroes, learn the younger generation by
the example of the elders!” - Ilsur Metshin addressed the young people.
Before visiting the veteran, all the visitors were
tested for coronavirus infection. Sergei Mironov, the head of the
administration of the Kirovsky and Moscow districts, also congratulated the
There are 7,063 veterans of the Great Patriotic War living
in Kazan, including 86 in the Kirovsky and Moskovsky districts. Volunteer teams
congratulate them at home, give them gifts and arrange mini- concerts. On May
8, Kazan will host the “Parade at the Veteran's House” event– a parade of
historical and modern military equipment through the streets of the city with
congratulations to veterans at their homes.