In Moscow, at the age of 95, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko died, who was suing the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Aleksey Navalny (included in the list of terrorists and extremists; the FBK founded by him is included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent, recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia). Information about his death was confirmed to the RT channel by the grandson of the veteran Igor Kolesnikov.
In 2020, a war veteran, a member of the partisan movement Ignat Artemenko, along with other famous Russians (among whom were cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, actors Vasily Lanovoy, Irina Kupchenko, Ivan Okhlobystin, designer Artemy Lebedev) starred in a video in support of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Oppositionist Navalny on social networks called its participants “toadies”, “traitors”; and “the shame of the country.” According to Kolesnikov, after Navalny's statement, the front-line soldier became ill with his heart. Artemenko was diagnosed with coronary heart disease due to stress.
In June 2020, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case against Navalny for defamation of a veteran. After that, Navalny and his supporters began to persecute Artemenko, speaking unflatteringly about his military merits. In February 2021, the Babushkinsky Court of Moscow found Navalny guilty and fined him 850 thousand rubles. Ignat Artemenko was not present at the verdict for health reasons.
Aif.ru provides a biography of the front-line soldier.
Ignat Sergeevich Artemenko was born on June 26, 1928 in the village of Vilyakhovka, Bykhov District, Mogilev Region, Byelorussian SSR.
According to archival information of the Russian Military Historical Society (RVI) ), Artemenko met the war as a 14-year-old teenager in his small homeland, working on the Budyonny collective farm.
In the spring of 1942, he began to help the partisans by collecting and storing weapons at their request in his garden. In the autumn of the same year, the policemen tracked him down and sent him for interrogation to the German commandant's office, during which Artemenko did not betray anyone, and also managed to escape from the escort.
According to the records of military service in the Red Army, from December 10, 1943 to February 28, 1944, Artemenko served in partisan detachment No. 810 of the Belarusian headquarters of the partisan movement, then he was sent to the 251st reserve rifle regiment, where he served in the position arrow.
In February 1944, after meeting with regular troops who had broken through the front line on the Dnieper River, young people who had not reached military age were allowed to go home until they were called up by the military registration and enlistment office. Ignat Artemenko returned home and participated in the demining of his native village.
Since March 1945 — scout of the 114th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 37th Guards Rifle Division of the 65th Army.
On the night of April 19-20, 1945, the crossing of the Oder River began. Artemenko was given the task, together with the scouts, to force the second “sleeve”.
“In the course of a combat mission, together with a group of scouts, he came under fire, was seriously wounded in the leg and spine, sent to the medical battalion, then — to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a fragment from his leg. Two fragments remained in the spine, the operation was not performed in order to avoid serious consequences, — quotes archival documents of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In September 1945, Artemenko was discharged from the hospital, he continued to serve in the 86th sanitary and epidemiological detachment of the 65th Army of the Northern Group of Forces.
From August 1946 years – service in the 320th mobile tractor repair base of the 16th Air Army, and three years later Artemenko was transferred to the 320th mobile tractor repair base of the 24th Air Army.
Then there was the 653rd aviation base for the repair of radio equipment and communications of the 24th Air Army of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.
In 1952 – service in the training and test aviation regiment of the Air Force Engineering Academy. Zhukovsky, and in January 1955 Artemenko was appointed senior adjutant to the head of the Academy. Zhukovsky.
In the ranks of the Armed Forces — until December 1982. Retired colonel.
For his exploits, Ignat Artemenko in the period from 1945 to 1985 was awarded:
- medal “For the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic 1941–1945 war”;
- medal “30 years of the Soviet Army and Navy”;
- medal “For military merit”;
- order Patriotic War II degree.
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