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On the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Russians commemorated the deaths of those who perished in the Great Patriotic War – candles were lit and flowers were laid at memorials in different Russian cities.

On the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Russians commemorated the deaths of those who perished in the Great Patriotic War – candles were lit and flowers were laid at memorials in different Russian cities.

© RIA Novosti . Ilia Pitalev / Go to the mediabankOn the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Russians commemorated the deaths of those who perished in the Great Patriotic War – candles were lit and flowers were laid at memorials in different Russian cities. Photo: Muscovites light candles on Poklonnaya Hill.
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On the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Russians commemorated the deaths of those who perished in the Great Patriotic War – candles were lit and flowers were laid at memorials in different Russian cities. Photo: Muscovites light candles on Poklonnaya Hill.
© RIA Novosti . Grigori Sisoev / Go to the mediabankCommemorative events, dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Grief, began early on Wednesday across the entire country. Photo: Members of commemorative campaign “Memory Watch” in Moscow’s Alexander Garden.
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Commemorative events, dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Grief, began early on Wednesday across the entire country. Photo: Members of commemorative campaign “Memory Watch” in Moscow’s Alexander Garden.
© RIA Novosti . Grigori Sisoev / Go to the mediabankCommemorative events took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar and Stavropol territories and others regions of Russia. Photo: A veteran of the Great Patriotic War participates in the patriotic campaign “Memory Watch” in Moscow’s Alexander Garden.
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Commemorative events took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar and Stavropol territories and others regions of Russia. Photo: A veteran of the Great Patriotic War participates in the patriotic campaign “Memory Watch” in Moscow’s Alexander Garden.
© RIA Novosti . Kirill Braga / Go to the mediabankCitizens of Volgograd lit candles on Mamayev Kurgan.
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Citizens of Volgograd lit candles on Mamayev Kurgan.
© RIA Novosti . Konstantin Chalabov / Go to the mediabankIn Veliky Novgorod candles were sent down the river as people mourned at the monument to the city’s heroes and liberators.
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In Veliky Novgorod candles were sent down the river as people mourned at the monument to the city’s heroes and liberators.
© RIA Novosti . Maksim Bogodvid / Go to the mediabankRepresentatives of Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russian Tatarstan led by the republic’s Mufti, Ildus Faizov, gathered at 4 am in Kazan’s Victory Park to honor the victims of the Great Patriotic War.
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Representatives of Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russian Tatarstan led by the republic’s Mufti, Ildus Faizov, gathered at 4 am in Kazan’s Victory Park to honor the victims of the Great Patriotic War.
© RIA Novosti . Konstantin Chalabov / Go to the mediabankRussian state flags are lowered across the country on June 22. Cultural venues, television channels and radio stations are recommended to refrain from entertainment events and programming.
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Russian state flags are lowered across the country on June 22. Cultural venues, television channels and radio stations are recommended to refrain from entertainment events and programming.
© RIA Novosti . Konstantin Chalabov / Go to the mediabankThe day on which the war began was not commemorated until 1992. Only in 1992 did the Russian Federation’s Supreme Soviet declare the day as the Day of Remembrance of Defenders of the Fatherland. Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s ruling on June 8, 1996, changed it to the Day of Remembrance and Grief. Photo: A man sends a candle down the river in Veliky Novgorod.
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The day on which the war began was not commemorated until 1992. Only in 1992 did the Russian Federation’s Supreme Soviet declare the day as the Day of Remembrance of Defenders of the Fatherland. Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s ruling on June 8, 1996, changed it to the Day of Remembrance and Grief. Photo: A man sends a candle down the river in Veliky Novgorod.
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