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Italy To Erect Monument To World War II Soldiers From Kazakhstan

ASTANA -- A monument to Soviet soldiers from Kazakhstan who died in Italy during World War II will be erected in the Italian city of Trieste, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Askar Abdrakhmanov told journalists today that the unveiling ceremony for the monument will be held on April 25 when Italy marks the 65th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis.

The Kazakh Embassy in Italy identified 104 Soviet soldiers who died during World War II in northern Italy. It said 38 of them were ethnic Kazakhs.

The effort to identify the fallen Soviet troops was initiated by renowned Kazakh writer and World War II veteran Kalmukan Isabai.