Russians celebrate Day of Russia
Russia Day is one of the youngest national holidays. It was established by the country’s presidential decree of June 2, 1994. The Declaration of State Sovereignty of Russia was adopted June 12, 1990.
Celebrations of the Russia Day will include events taking place in almost all main streets, parks and gardens of the Russian capital.
Tverskaya Street will be the key focus of the festivities with historic reenactments from various periods and countries. Also, hundreds of Moscow students and members of youth and public organizations will sing the state anthem of the Russian Federation as part of the patriotic campaign on the Poklonnaya Hill.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will open a solemn ceremony of granting state prizes at the Grand Kremlin Palace. The state prizes for 2016 will be granted in the spheres of literature and arts, sciences and humanitarian activities.
Scientific Director of the Russian Military-Historical Society, Professor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mikhail Myagkov, speaking with the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, said that despite the fact that the official name of the holiday was established only in 2002, the Russia Day has started to play an increasing role as a symbol of the history and the present of the state.
"The holiday was adopted at a difficult time for the country, but nevertheless, it seems to me that this holiday has justified itself and had great consequences for the development of our society and the country as a whole," the professor Myagkov noted.
Moreover, according to him, the Russia Day should be an even more significant holiday uniting all the peoples of the country.
"It will be a symbol of the unity of the peoples of Russia, a symbol of the fact that we live together, we have a common history, a common experience in protecting our multinational state and a sign that we will continue to stay together and build our great Russia," Myagkov stressed.
He also recalled that the Russian state was historically created as a multinational state. "Initially, it included many peoples, not only Slavic, but also the Finno-Ugric, the Turkic, the peoples from the West and the East. As a rule, it was by mutual consent. As while living together, they felt they would be stronger," the scientific director of the Russian Military-Historical Society recalled.
The professor is confident that on this day it is necessary to recall how the modern Russian state was built, how its laws were adopted and how they passed the test of time.
"The Russia Day is part of our modern life," the expert concluded.