Members of the public gathered Monday in Volgograd’s municipal conservatory to honor the memory of the victims of two suicide bombings in the city on the first anniversary of the attacks.
The 34 victims of the attacks were remembered with a minute of silence and a requiem service.
On December 29, 2013, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of Volgograd’s main train station, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more.
Police officer Dmitry Makovkin tried to stop a suspicious person, who set off a bomb after noticing the policeman heading toward him.
Makovkin was posthumously awarded with a medal and two orders for his actions.
In the early morning of December 30, 2013, Volgograd saw another terrorist attack when another suicide bomber exploded in an overcrowded trolleybus, taking the lives of 16 people.
As a result of two attacks, over 100 people were injured, with 78 hospitalized with severe injuries.
In May 2014, the rebuilt train station was reopened. In June, a granite plate with the inscription “In memory of victims of terrorist act on December 30, 2013” was installed near the site of the trolleybus bombing.
The circumstances surrounding the attacks were investigated by the Russian Investigative Committee and the Federal Security Service. In December 2014, four people involved in preparing the attacks and assisting the suicide bombers were sentenced by the Volgograd Dzerzhinsky District Court to serve prison terms lasting from three years 10 months to 19 years.