Defender of the Fatherland Day, part 2

Recap: Feb 23rd was Russia’s “Defender of the Fatherland Day” and President Dmitry Medvedev honoured Russia’s fallen soldiers by laying the presidential wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

President Dmitry Medvedev at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The wreath-laying ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Ivanov, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, heads of other ministries and departments, Great Patriotic War veterans and members of the public.

President Dmitry Medvedev at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In Russia the tomb of the unknown soldier (Могила Неизвестного Солдата) is dedicated to soldiers killed during the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and is located near the Kremlin’s Alexander Gardens outside the Kremlin Walls in Moscow. The monument was dedicated to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the battle (December 1966), introduced to the public on 08 May 1967.

President Dmitry Medvedev at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The remains of the unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Moscow (1941) were taken from a mass grave at the 41st km marker of the Leningrad highway at the city of Zelenograd, the closest point Nazi armies came to Moscow during that war.

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