According to Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, more and more state leaders are planning to arrive in Moscow to attend the celebration of the 65th anniversary of Victory over Nazism. In particular, Chinese leader Hu Jintao has officially confirmed his intention to come to Moscow, the newspaper says. Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed their visits.
President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Defense Ministry to work on the social maintenance of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. In April Russia and Ukraine signed an milestone agreement which extends the stay of the Russian fleet in Ukraine till 2042 with possible prolongation of this term. The agreement has put an end to all the controversial statements about the future of the Russian fleet base in Ukraine.
When visiting the Franz Josef land of in the Arctic region Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally fixed a putting a satellite collar of Russian radio-based satellite navigation system GLONASS system on a polar bear, Vremya Novostei newspaper reports. Putin's trip to Russia's North is part of the state program on better control over Russian Arctic territories.
The newspaper notes that the Russian Prime Minister seems to be collecting extreme experiences. Earlier he had tried the roles of a submariner, a pilot of a supersonic jet. He also went down to the bottom of the Lake Baikal in a bathyscaph and met tiger in the taiga forest.
In recent decades the popularity of the First of May holiday in Russia has not changed, RBK daily said citing the recent survey conducted by All Russian Center of Public Opinion Studies . Traditionally the holiday of Labor is marked by two thirds of Russians of all age groups.