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    The strength of the Russian state is in its loyalty to the traditions of national unity and freedom, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday, as Russia celebrates the National Unity Day.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Putin said that sincere love for homeland and willingness to stand up for its protection have always been the basis of independence and sovereignty of Russia.

    "Our strength is in the loyalty to traditions of national unity and to that supreme freedom which a human finds when swearing allegiance to the homeland, in the faithfulness to the love for it, which does not come on the orders. It is there in our hearts," Putin said at an awards ceremony held on the occasion of the National Unity Day.

    A spire of a Moscow Kremlin tower and a Russian flag on Red Square
    © Sputnik / Kirill Kallinikov
    The event revered one of the most heroic events in Russian history as it also became a turning point of the 1605-1618 Polish-Muscovite War. The November 4 date to commemorate the National Unity Day was officially declared in 2005.

    The Time of Troubles in the early 17 century was marked in Russia by both internal crises and external invasion, which benefited from the instability in Russia.  In early November, 1612, the Russian Nizhny Novgorod people's militia, led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, expelled the Polish invaders out of Moscow, preserving the Russian statehood.

    "More than four centuries ago, this deep, genuine sense of patriotism united people of different nationalities and social classes. Back then,… the [Russian] people took responsibility to prevent the enslavement of the country, and this powerful unity helped put an end to the tragedy of the so-called Time of Troubles," Putin said.

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