Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall to mark the Defenders Day, which is a bank holiday in Russia initially honoring the Red Army and later extended to include all those who protected the motherland at the cost of their lives.
On the 23rd of February, Russia marks the Defender of the Fatherland Day.
February 23rd is Russia’s Defender of the Motherland, or Armed Forces Day. On Tuesday, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev inspected the Taman Strategic Missile Division near Saratov on the River Volga and watched a ceremony to commission a new regiment.
Berlin has marked Defender of the Fatherland Day by putting flowers and wreaths to the memorials of Soviet liberator soldiers in Treptower Park and the Tiergarten district. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, participants in the Resistance Movement, politicians and public figures came to honour the memory of the heroes.
The memories of events in South Ossetia in August 2008 should be preserved, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared after watching the film ‘The 8th of August’ on the premises of Glavkino, a large film and TV complex near Moscow. He met with the participants in the 2008 military peace-making operation and the film crew there.
Four more Russian cities – Taganrog, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kovrov and Lomonosov - have been bestowed with the honorary title of City of Military Glory under a decree signed by President Dmitry Medvedev. The title is awarded for mass heroism displayed by local defenders during the Great Patriotic War.
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has laid a wreath to the Unknown Soldier tomb in Alexandrovsky Garden near the Moscow Kremlin. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, and WW II veterans.
Some four thousand people have rallied in Altai city Biysk today to support the acting Russian government. The demo, called “We’ve Got Something To Lose” went off peacefully, with dancing and singing. This patriotic rally was slated for Feb.23, the Defender of Fatherland Day, to show common support for the current political course.
Russia is celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day, one of the key national holidays when the country honors its soldiers and officers and army veterans. Ceremonies and military parades will be held in cities of the military glory and administrative centers across the country.
Russia needs a strong army, President Dmitry Medvedev said addressing officers and military officials at the Russian Army Theatre
Russia needs strong and efficient armed forces, said President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at a gala evening at the Russian Army Theatre. According to him, new security challenges are emerging, the scope of instability of entire regions is expanding dramatically. Alarmingly, the tradition of solving problems by force is still deeply-rooted universally, said the President.
The government will allocate some 250 bn rubles (at least 8 bn dollars) to provide military men with housing, the country’s PM Vladimir Putin stated at a Kaliningrad meeting dedicated to the Defender’s Day marked in Russia on February 23. Putin said that officers and their families need new modern apartments with all conveniences.
Europe remembers the Soviet soldiers who liberated most European countries from the Nazi occupation. In Berlin, flowers were laid at the bronze statue of the Soviet Soldier-Liberator in the Treptow Park on Wednesday as Russia celebrates Defender of the Fartherland Day.
Europe remembers the Soviet soldiers who liberated most European countries from the Nazi occupation. Ceremonies were held at a Soviet war cemetery in Warsaw on February 23, celebrated as Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia.
Dozens of festive events are under way in Russia today in honor of Defender of the Fatherland Day, when people pay tribute to army servicemen and war veterans who used to or continue to safeguard the country.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the Russian people on Twitter, on the Day of Defenders of the Fatherland. "I congratulate all the defenders of our country on this holiday. Russia needs peace. So we must be strong" the Russian leader wrote in his blog.