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June 12, 1990, Russia Day: Russia became a sovereign nation once again

by 1389 on June 12, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Cold War, Russia

VoR: Russians marking Russia Day

The main Russian national holiday is Russia Day marked on 12 June. This day is reminiscent of the historic Declaration of Sovereignty adopted 24 years ago. Festivities will be taking place all over the country including the Crimea for the first time after its reunion with Russia.

The document which lay the foundation of a new Russian federal status was adopted on 12 June 1990 when Russia was still part of the Soviet Union. This day became one of the year’s commemorative dates in 1992 and was made a public holiday in 1994.

On 12 June 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin will present 2013 State Awards to several outstanding Russian citizens. A welcome reception will be held in the Kremlin after the ceremony and a concert will take place in Red Square in the evening.

These celebratory concerts at the Kremlin wall have become part and parcel of the festivities. This year’s set design is inspired by sports and features of Russian folk art. The organisers expect the audience to draw visual parallels between Russian victories at the Olympics, reunification with the Crimea and the forthcoming FIFA World Cup. They also bear in mind the topic of Russia’s cultural year.

Up to 30,000 people from all over Russia are expected to meet in Red Square on 12 June. At the same time, about 250 other festive events will take place in the city during the day. Among them the Moscow press festival on Poklonnaya Gora (Bow Hill) and the Kremlin Mile international race.

A many-thousand-strong choir will sing in the city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals and a mass swim across the Volga River will be arranged in Cheboksary.

Ethnic Russians march across Brooklyn bridge in NYC to mark Russia Day

Ethnic Russians in the United States have for the first time celebrated Russia Day by marching across the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

Svetlana Batrak, a co-organizer of the youth march, told RIA Novosti that despite international tensions around Ukraine she felt no hostility whatsoever towards Russians living in one of America’s most multicultural cities.

On the contrary, she said, there was “a great interest in the fact that we represent a big country and want to share the values we have.”

About 50 New Yorkers of Russian descent walked across the bridge that connects two great New York City boroughs, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

They gave out black-and-orange St. George ribbons, a WWII symbol of Russian valor in the battlefield, and explained to passers-by what the event was meant to teach.

Russia Day is one of the newest and most important national holidays in Russia. It was first marked in 1992 and goes back to the signing of the country’s first democratic constitution on June 12, 1991.

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