Today, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan German Lerner, attended the official opening ceremony of a memorial plaque to Ravil Gilfanov.
Ravil Gilfanov led a thorny life in the difficult war and post-war period. Being 14 years old, he left school to provide for his family and began his working career in 1943 as a turner’s apprentice at the P.O. Box 466 plant (plant No. 708, nowadays known as the Kazan Electro-Technical Plant). In 1944, he entered the Solovetsky Naval Cadet Training Camp, after the graduation of which he went to the front. After the Great Patriotic War, in 1957, he joined the Kazan Electro-Technical Plant where he rose from senior technician at an experimental design bureau to chief engineer, having worked there for 26 years. He made a great contribution to the development of the defence industry and was awarded the State Prize of the USSR for the creation of new military equipment.
“Today is a momentous occasion. We pay tribute and express our gratitude to the participant of the Great Patriotic War, veteran of labour, the man who set an example of will, courage, firmness, selfless devotion to the Motherland. This is not just a tribute, but also a lesson of courage and glory for the younger generation,” said German Lerner in his opening speech.