On February 13, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Budapest, the EMERCOM employees visited Mikhail Ashik, a resident of St. Petersburg, and Ivan Pystin, a resident of the Komi Republic, veterans of the Fire Department who have a medal for this heroic act.
For more than twenty years after the war, Ivan Pystin served in the Fire Protection Service, was Head of the the State Fire Supervision Inspectorate in the Troitsko-Pechora district of the Komi Republic. For impeccable service, he was awarded the "Best Employee of the Fire Department of the USSR" and "Veteran of the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia". In May, Ivan Vasilyevich will celebrate his 95th birthday.
Employees of the Fire and Technical Exhibition named after Konchaev met with his contemporary and participant of the operation to liberate Budapest, Hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Ashik in St. Petersburg. He was especially distinguished in the battles near the Hungarian city of Esztergom. The commander of the landing party, which consisted of 65 men, was tasked with cutting off the escape route for the remnants of the German 6th tank army in an important area and holding the Esztergom-Komarno road until the main forces of the Soviet army arrived. A reinforced platoon, commanded by Ashik, blocked the German retreat. In four days of fighting, our soldiers repelled 18 enemy attacks. And when the help arrived, only 13 of the unit's 65 people were still alive. For the courage and heroism shown in these battles, in may 1946, Lieutenant Mikhail Ashik was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the order of Lenin and the gold Star Medal. The same year, after demobilization, Mikhail returned to his native Leningrad, where he worked for some time in the Fire Department as a personnel officer.
On February 13, 1945, Soviet soldiers heroically drove the Hitlerites out of Hungarian Budapest. This was one of the most difficult operations in the World War II. The Medal "For the Capture of Budapest" is one of the most respected soldiers ' medals of the Great Patriotic War.