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Russians celebrate New Year amid restrictions

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Russians celebrate New Year amid restrictions



This New Year’s Eve in Russia was celebrated like no other with Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. There are no concerts or other mass celebrations during the most important Russian holidays. However, each region has illuminated streets and squares. Big cities are just as beautiful as always with festive decor for long January holidays walks, TASS reports.

According to Moscow mayor Sobyanin, the government has decided to "ban mass cultural events, including major Christmas and New Year events.” Saint Petersburg has followed the capital.

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There's a huge Christmas Tree on the Saint Petersburg Palace Square for the first time in a long time, but there are no events planned nearby. The Christmas fair was open as usual, but just to sell merchandise. On December, 30, all cultural activities, such as museums and theater performances, in the Northern capital were suspended.

Russian Santa Claus called Ded Moroz and his granddaughter Snegurochka are waiting for their young guests in Velikiy Ustiug (more than 600 from Moscow to the nord-east) on January 3-5. There's a special festive train going back and forth (one way is 22 hours) with meals aboard. Both train and the Ded Moroz rezidence are set according to pandemic regulations. 

President Putin in his traditional New Year Address to the Nation urged Russian citizens to unite in the face of the country's battle with the Covid-19. "Unfortunately the epidemic has not yet been completely stopped,” Putin underlined in an address that was broadcasted just before midnight.

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