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    Indian PM Sends Greetings for Russian Citizens With National Holiday

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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Russian people with Russia Day.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sent his greetings to Russian people celebrating Russia Day.

    "On the Russian National Day, my greetings to the people of Russia, a nation that is a very valued and cherished friend of India's," Modi said on his Twitter account.

    On Saturday, both Modi and Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin with the state holiday.

    On June 12, the Russian Federation celebrates Russia Day. On that day in 1990, the first Congress of People’s Deputies of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic adopted a declaration on the republic’s sovereignty within the Soviet Union.

    In 1992, the Supreme Soviet of Russia passed a resolution designating June 12 a public holiday and a non-working day in honor of the adoption of the declaration on the state sovereignty of Russia. On June 2, 1994 then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued an executive order declaring it a national holiday.


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