Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, May 09 - on the eve of the Victory Day celebrations, a solemn ceremony took place at the managed by the company Solntsevsky Coal Mine to give the name of Mikhail Kupreev, Miner –Great Patriotic War hero - to one of the operated BelAZ dump trucks. The event, which was held at the mine in compliance with social distancing and hygiene rules, was attended not only by the company management and employees, but also by the hero-front-line veteran’s family.
Mikhail Kupreev fought in the war and earned his numerous honors, including the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd class, the Medal "For the Victory over Japan". After demobilization, he moved to Sakhalin, where he spent his professional life in the island's coal mining. For more than 48 years, he worked at Shakhtersk coal mine. He was the holder of Miner's Badge of Honor of three classes, Honorary Miner and Honorary Worker of the Coal Mining Industry. Therefore, it is no coincidence that his name is now given to BelAZ-the top performer, the crew of which from July 2019 to March 2020, as part of a corporate production competition, became the leader in terms of the mined rock transportation volume.
"The company decided to make distinguished miners and Sakhalin residents naming practices a tradition. Young people should honor the heroes who defended our homeland and gave a life boost to all of us. It is also a base point for those who want to achieve something, aim for better and be first," said Stanislav Vegner, Technical Director of Solntsevsky Coal Mine.
At the end of the ceremony, BelAZ with fleet number 1373 and the name of Mikhail Kupreev on the brow made an honorary tour around Solntsevsky Coal Mine.
As part of the event, East Mining Company also presented an updated branding style for production equipment.
East Mining Company Limited is one of the largest Russian exporters of brown coal to the Asia-Pacific countries. The company controls the entire chain from production to shipment. The key production assets are Solntsevsky Coal Mine in Uglegorsk district of Sakhalin region and Coal Sea Port of Shakhtersk, which is subject to the Free port regime.