By president’s order veterans of the Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945 living in Tajikistan will receive 18,000 somonis (equivalent to little more than 1,650 US dollars) on the occasion of the Victory Day, according to the Tajik president’s official website.

Meanwhile, the Dushanbe Administration’s press center says Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali has ordered to allocate funds from the city budget to provide one-time financial aid to veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, home front workers, veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war, and Chernobyl liquidators (civil and military personnel who were called upon to deal with the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster) living Dushanbe on the occasion of the 78th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

According to data from the Council of Veterans of War and Labor of the Republic of Tajikistan, only 37 veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 are estimated to be still alive in Tajikistan, while last year, 59 veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 celebrated Victory Day in Tajikistan.

The head of the Council of Veterans of War and Labor of the Republic of Tajikistan, Rahmat Qudratov, says 98 veterans were still alive in the country in 2021 and 168 war veterans celebrated Victory Day in Tajikistan in 2020. 

“Over the past three years, 131 war veterans have passed away in Tajikistan,” Qudratov said.   

Of those 37 veterans who are still alive in Tajikistan, the oldest is reportedly Rashid Karimov from Shohamabri village n Hisor district.  He will be 111 year old on May 9, 2023.  Rashid Karimov was born back in the Hisor Bekigari, the Emirate of Bukhara on May 9, 1912.

He went to the war in 1942 and ended the war in Czechoslovakia on May 9, 1945.  Rashid Karimov has over 30 combat awards 

The war veteran from Dushanbe Halim Haidarov will be 104 year old this year.

The youngest war veteran living in Tajikistan is 96 year old.  Four war veterans from Tajikistan are 100 year old each, seven others are 99 year old each and seventeen other war veterans are 98 year old each.  

Most war veterans are living in Khatlon province fourteen people, in Sughd province – eleven war veterans, and in Dushanbe and districts subordinate to the center (RRP) – six war veterans each. 

More than 300,000 residents of Tajikistan reportedly took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and 92,000 of them died in battle.

65 of residents of Tajikistan were given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.  Besides, 15 other Tajikistan’s residents were Full Holders of the Order of Glory.

Victory Day marks the end of World War II in Europe, specifically the capitulation of Nazi forces to the Allies (the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France, the United States and other principal Allied nations) on May 8, 1945.

In Russia and other countries of former Soviet Union, the day of Victory over Nazi Germany is celebrated on May 9, because when the German Instrument of Surrender actually entered into force (May 8, 1945 at 23:01 CET), it was already May 9 by Moscow time.  Post-Soviet countries have continued the tradition.