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Thousands of Expo-2010 visitors receive St. George ribbons on V-Day

© RIA Novosti . Maria ChaplyginaThousands of Expo-2010 visitors receive St. George ribbons on V-Day
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About 10,000 of Russia's St. George ribbons were distributed on Sunday among the visitors of the Expo-2010 in Shanghai to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

About 10,000 of Russia's St. George ribbons were distributed on Sunday among the visitors of the Expo-2010 in Shanghai to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

The campaign, started by RIA Novosti and the Student Community youth organization five years ago, commemorates the heroes of the Eastern Front and involves hundreds of partners in Russia and abroad.

More than 55 million orange-and-black ribbons have been distributed across the globe since the campaign was first held in 2005.

Orange and black are the traditional colors of Soviet and Russian awards for achievements in combat. The black and orange stripes symbolize smoke and fire.

The visitors of the Russian pavilion were also able to watch a live broadcast of the military parade on Red Square, which was the largest since the collapse of the Soviet Union and involved over 10,000 military personnel, 150 pieces of military hardware and over 120 aircraft.

The 2010 World Expo is held in Shanghai from May 1 to October 31, 2010. Up to 70 million people are expected to visit the city for the event, which has seen investment of up to $4 billion.

Russia constructed a pavilion at the exhibition for the first time in 30 years. The sun-shaped pavilion comprises 12 white-and-gold towers symbolizing the 12 months of the year, and occupies an area of 6,000 square meters.

It showcases Russia's recent scientific and economic development and offers a diverse cultural program.

SHANGHAI, May 9 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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