Russia commemorates Fatherland Defender Day

08:38, February 24, 2011      

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President Dmitry Medvedev laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin on Wednesday as a part of Russia's commemoration of Fatherland Defender Day.

Other senior officials, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyokov, along with veterans who participated in World War II also attended the ceremony.

Fatherland Defender's Day used to be the Day of Soviet Army and Navy. Since 2002 the Fatherland Defender Day has been a public holiday and a day off to commemorate those who died in WWII.

Earlier in the day, a spokesman for the Moscow police forces said that over 4,000 police officers were called to duty to ensure law and order in the capital city.

Source: Xinhua

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