March 19: Spring has come — it’s time for subbotniks*! Today, members of the Aurora Women’s Club, together with our comrade, put things in order at the monument to the workers.
The inscription on the monument reads: “Worker-soldiers who worked in the Shcheglovskaya mine, who died the death of the brave on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War. Eternal glory to those who died in the battles for freedom and independence of our Motherland.”
*Subbotniks were days of voluntary unpaid labor, begun after the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia, for class-conscious workers to contribute to the speedier construction of socialism. Today the term is often applied by left movements to voluntary labor on behalf of the community and preservation of Soviet history.
Translated by Greg Butterfield