Russia remembers victims of Great Patriotic War on Day of Memory and Grief
29 июня 2016 14:00
Today Russia marks 75 years since Nazi troops attacked the Soviet Union. In memory of those who were killed in that war Russia declared June 22 the Day of Memory and Grief.
Late in the evening on the eve of that date, Russians light candles in windows of their apartments and houses.
About 8 mln people took part in the Memory Candle campaign that was held for the eighth time this year. The number of candles, which is equal to number of days of the war, was lit in Moscow at the Poklonnaya Hill, in St. Petersburg on the Fontanka embankment, in Volgograd at the Mamayev Kurgan.
On June 22, all across Russia people will lower national flags. The authorities recommend television channels and radio stations not to broadcast entertainment programs on this day.
President Vladimir Putin is to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. The regions will hold meetings with veterans and other events dedicated to the memory of the victims.