disregards old communist holidays and institutes new ones
the National Unity Day on November 4, with practically all Russian
people have a three-day weekend now: November 4, 5, and 6. Making
a speech at the official State Awards ceremony in the Kremlin
last week, President Putin stated that the roots of the People's
Unity Day go back to the glorious and heroic events of the year
of different religions, nationalities and classes united to save
the Fatherland and defend the Russian state. It was the genuine
national unity for the sake of our country's future," President
parties and public movements held various events in Russia nationwide
to celebrate the festive date. Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia
Alexey II headed the people's meeting in the city of Nizhni Novgorod.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated the recreated
temple in the city and took part in the divine service there.
differ in their attitudes to the new holiday. Some say that it
is a far-fetched celebration, communists do not recognize the
date at all, whereas the pro-Kremlin United Russia party call
it "the symbol of independence and state organization."
date is the symbol of historical wisdom of the Russian nation,
which managed to take the country out of chaos and war. It is
the symbol of Russia's vitality and the colossal internal integrity
of the country, which was subsequently proved with the country's
further development," the vice-speaker of the State Duma,
Vladimir Pekhtin said.
people were expected to participate in meetings and demonstrations
to celebrate the National Unity Day in Moscow. Two thousand police
officers and military men guaranteed law and order in the center
of Moscow on November 4 during the celebrations.
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