3 December: Day of the Unknown Soldier in Russia

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Since 2014, 3 December marks the Day of the Unknown Soldier… in memory of Russian and Soviet soldiers who died fighting in our homeland or in foreign parts. In October 2014, the RF Gosduma passed a law establishing the holiday and President of the Russian Federation V V Putin signed the corresponding decree on 5 November 2014. The holiday is “justified by the need to perpetuate the memory of the valour and the immortal podvigs* of Russian and Soviet soldiers killed at home or abroad, whose name remains unknown”, as an aid to strengthen patriotic consciousness. The lawmakers chose 3 December as the date because the solemn reburial of the remains of the Unknown Soldier in the Aleksandrovsky Sad by the Kremlin Wall (to mark the 25th anniversary of the defeat of the fascist aggressors near Moscow) occurred on 3 December 1966. However, as noted the law noted…

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