MURMANSK, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. A well-known local historian, a member of the Writers' Union of Russia, one of the organizers of the search movement in the Murmansk region, Mikhail Oresheta, died at the age of 70, reported on Monday on the page “Mikhail Oresheta's group” in the social network “VKontakte”.
“In the 70th year of his life, the famous Murmansk ethnographer, historian, writer, publicist, search engine Mikhail Oresheta died … Mikhail Oreshet felt bad on Partizansky Island. An Emergencies Ministry plane was called to the place, but they could not save him,” the group said.
The partisan island, where two partisan detachments were based during the war, was one of Oreshety's favorite places – here he restored dugouts, organized rallies and literally bit by bit collected the stories of each member of the partisan movement, with most of the survivors he knew personally.
“Mikhail Grigorievich was an incredibly strong and energetic man. Having arrived from Ukraine to serve in the Northern Fleet, he fell in love with the Arctic, after service he returned to the North and remained here. Selflessly loved the Murmansk region. And for many he became a hero during his lifetime. He devoted almost half a century to the return of the memory of the fallen soldiers of the Great Patriotic War “, – wrote the governor of the region Andrey Chibis in his social networks.
Mikhail Grigorievich Oresheta is an honorary citizen of the city of Murmansk, a writer, a military historian, a local historian, a search engine, and a traveler. Since 1975, he has researched the places of past battles, restored abandoned military graves, worked in archives, corresponded and met with veterans of the Great Patriotic War. Thanks to him, dozens of families learned about the fate of relatives and friends who were considered missing. Oresheta wrote many books on the history of the Kola Peninsula, the history of the Great Patriotic War.