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Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the title of Hero of Russia posthumously to Viktor Tretyakevich, one of the organizers of the underground anti-fascist Komsomol organization Young Guard. The relevant decree was published on the official portal of legal information.
The document says that the award was conferred for active participation in the creation and activities of the Young Guard, as well as for “courage and heroism shown in the fight against the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War.”
The Young Guard is an underground youth organization that operated in 1942-1943 in the German-occupied city of Krasnodon in the Ukrainian SSR (since 2014 it has been under the control of the self-proclaimed LNR).
Viktor Tretyakevich was executed in 1943 along with other members of the Young Guard. For some time he was considered a traitor: there was a version that he betrayed the rest of the members of the organization, mass arrests began a few days after his detention. In particular, because of this, the name of Tretyakevich is not mentioned in Alexander Fadeev’s novel “The Young Guard”, and the role of the commissioner of the organization was transferred to Oleg Koshevoy. The writer created a collective image of the traitor Yevgeny Stakhovich, whose prototype was Tretyakevich.
By 1960, the official version of the death of the organization was the betrayal of the Young Guard by Gennady Pocheptsov, and Tretyakevich, as established during the investigation, became the victim of a slander. The underground worker was posthumously awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class.