"...It was during this time in the autumn of 1941, in late September, that a handful of brave patriots set up the core of the future partisan brigade Plamya (Flame) in one of the districts of the temporarily occupied Soviet Belarus, in remote corners of Pukhovichi forests. They did it by taking an official oath and making an official record of this. From a little spark burst a flame/It was a little spark that burst into a flame. Despite attacks of the enemy, hunger and cold, neglecting the dangers of the enemy rear, living in the forest thickets, five Stalin's fearless Bolsheviks, five warriors of the Soviet Motherland: Evgeny Filipskikh, S. I. Maltsev, V. A. Krasilnikov, M.Y. Melekhov (killed in action), F.Y. Filatenko and N.F. Kolnogorov "firmly believed in the victory of our people over the enemy". Cut off from the Red Army, isolated from the Soviet Motherland, the brave patriots kept their spirits high. To maintain faith in the victory of their people, they signed a compact: in case anyone of them betrays it, he will be executed as a traitor of the Motherland."