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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov was elected on Thursday head of the Russian Olympic Committee, and former committee head Leonid Tyagachyov was elected committee honorary president, RIA Novosti reports. Tyagachyov resigned in early March from the post following Russia's poor performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. A total of 204 out of 220 participants in Thursday's meeting of the Olympic Committee voted to elect Zhukov committee chairman. He was the only candidate for...

20.05.2010 Subject: History

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chaired a meeting of the Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights. “Practically all the presentations contained one very true thought that a considerable number of people living in the Caucasus need full integration into the Russian social environment,” Medvedev said, ITAR-TASS reports.   “We should also move towards creating, as has been pointed out quite correctly, a full-fledged Russian identity that would encompass all of our peoples,” the president said. ...

20.05.2010 Subject: History

Russia's northern port of Arkhangelsk is hosting veterans of the Arctic convoys which delivered food and military materials to the Soviet Union from Britain and the United States during the Second World War, Voice of Russia reports. Nineteen former Allied sailors together with Russian veterans have paid tribute to the memories of their comrades at the British war memorial and laid flowers at the Memorial Cross. Ninety-nine ships of the Arctic convoys were sunk by the Nazis in the war years....

13.05.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: History

The Great Patriotic War hammered the Russian national character into shape, while the celebration of the 65th Victory Day will bring the nation together to secure major achievements, says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. He was speaking when declaring open a gala concert in Moscow yesterday. The Russian President said that almost 27 million people died during the war years when defending their Motherland. But the millions of deaths were not a lost effort. Medvedev again thanked the war veterans for defending this country unto...

11.05.2010 Subject: History

The main celebration of Victory Day in Russia took place on Red Square in Moscow, where the traditional Victory Day Parade was held.  A total of 11,335 servicemen took part in the parade, with Russian Armed Forces troops joined on Red Square by servicemen from 13 other countries, including Britain, the USA, France, Poland, and the CIS countries. Around 3,000 veterans watched from the guest tribunes. Addressing the participants and guests, Dmitry Medvedev said that the victory in 1945 was not only a military but also a...

09.05.2010 Subject: History

On Thursday, the "Victory Train" with a Ukrainian delegation of war veterans left Kiev heading for Moscow, Voice of Russia reports. The Ukrainian veterans are travelling to Moscow for the Victory Day parade. Representatives of the Russian embassy in Kiev said that the delegation of Ukrainian veterans, which is made up of 14 people is the biggest. In Moscow preparations are in place for their arrival. The Veterans will be fully provided for, with adequate food, medical care and protection. The train will arrive in...

07.05.2010 Subject: History

The UN General Assembly is holding a special session dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the VE Day, Voice of Russia reports. It will be attended by all 192 member states. WWII veterans are also among the guests. The session was proposed by Russia. The Russian permanent mission to the UN will hold a reception later Thursday and a classical music concert on Friday....

06.05.2010 Subject: History

President Dmitry Medvedev has given state awards to 46 outstanding Russia's citizens. Among those who received the state awards are outstanding scientist and technical designer Anatoly Savin, composer Alexandra Pakhmutova, actor Vladimir Zeldin and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko who was given the title of "Hero of Russia", Voice of Russia reports.  Speaking at the awarding ceremony Medvedev stressed that it was held on the eve of the 65ty anniversary of the Victory over Nazism. He urged all Russians to remember those...

06.05.2010 Subject: History

The combat feat of each and every soldier who defended their Fatherland against fascism must be remembered, Voice of Russia reports. President Dmitry Medvedev made this statement on Tuesday as he bestowed the City of Military Glory title on five more cities at a ceremony in the Kremlin. The five are Volokolamsk, Bryansk, Nalchik, Vyborg and Kalach-on-Don. “It’s our duty to remember the feat of arms of each and every defender of our homeland – all those who fought on the...

05.05.2010 Subject: History

On Tuesday evening Russian and foreign military servicemen had their first joint rehearsal of the forthcoming Victory Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, Voice of Russia reports. Marching across Russia’s main square were the guardsmen of the Welsh Regiment of the UK Army, a battalion of the US 18th Infantry Regiment, pilots of the legendary French squadron Normandie-Nieman, the guards of honour of Poland’s armed forces, and Army units of the CIS countries. The foreign servicemen had to learn Russian commands and march in time with Russian...

05.05.2010 Subject: History

Twenty two British veteran sailors of the Arctic convoys received medals from the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Yury Fedotov, during a special ceremony in Moscow on Tuesday, Voice of Russia reports. The event marked the 65th anniversary since the end of the WWII in Europe. “This is an extraordinary event. I am happy to be alive and be able to honor the memory of those who died in that horrible war”, Mr. Lisly Garrett, a British veteran Arctic sailor said.  The Arctic convoys of World War II travelled from the...

04.05.2010 Subject: History

Crew members of the three Sevastopol-based Russian assault ships will take part in joint military parades in the Ukrainian towns of Nikolayev, Kerch and Odessa to mark the 65th anniversary of the Allied Victory in World War Two, a Russian Navy spokesman was quoted by the RIA Novosti as saying on Monday. The May 9 Victory Day will also see Russian servicemen taking part in the military marchs in Kiev and Sevastopol, the spokesman added....

03.05.2010 Subject: History

Another rehearsal for the 65th Victory Parade has been held in Moscow, Voice of Russia reports. This is for the first time that servicemen of the CIS countries, Poland, and also of the United States, the UK and France, which were the Soviet Union’s main allies during WWII, have marched across Red Square. During the Second World War the United States and Great Britain helped the USSR with supplies of arms and military hardware, and brought the victory nearer by opening the Second Front. Taking part in the rehearsal were...

03.05.2010 Subject: History

The Kaliningrad amphibious assault ship is going to Poland to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the VE Day, the Voice of Russia reports. The vessel will visit Swinoujscie port where it will be opened to visitors. The ship will also carry a delegation of war veterans who served at a Soviet base in that port city....

01.05.2010 Subject: History

An exhibition has been set up in St. Petersburg to display weapons of the Second World War, the Voice of Russia reports. The staff of the War History Museum of Artillery, Engineer Troops and Army Signal Corps has timed it for a memorable date. – The Red Flag was hoisted over the Reichstag on May 1st 1945 as the symbol of victory in the most terrible war of the 20th century. The exhibition is a major project dedicated to the 65th Victory Day. The exhibition lays emphasis on small arms, since it is not only troops and...

01.05.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: History

Soldiers from 13 countries have arrived in Moscow to take part in the VE Day parade on Red Square, Voice of Russia reports. 70 soldiers of each country will participate in the event. Servicemen from the legendary Normandie – Niemen fighter squadron will represent France. The US sent military men from the unit that linked up with Soviet forces on the river Elbe in 1945....

30.04.2010 Subject: History

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