On May 5, the Foreign Ministry hosted several events dedicated to the 71st anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial plaques in the Ministry’s lobby to commemorate the employees of USSR People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade who died during the Great Patriotic War. The ceremony was attended by the Ministry’s leadership and employees, war veterans and former Ministry employees.
The Ministry’s delegation laid a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall.
Also on May 5, a gala event was held with the participation of diplomatic service employees and veterans. The gala participants noted that 237 Ministry employees joined the people’s militia and the army during the war. They fought on the WWII fronts, defended Moscow and Leningrad, took part in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Belarus, and other military operations. More than 300 Ministry employees worked to build fortifications around Moscow. Eight Ministry employees were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and one was decorated with three Orders of Glory.
Memorial, protocol, information and cultural events, official receptions, festive gatherings, meetings with veterans, ceremonies at the monuments and memorials to Soviet soldiers will be held abroad with the participation of the Russian diplomatic missions.
The Great Patriotic War veterans living abroad, survivors of the siege of Leningrad and young prisoners of Nazi concentration camps received personal greetings from the Russian President.
Much is being done to take care of the Russian (Soviet) war burial sites located in foreign states.
As is customary, the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Moscow have been invited to attend the military parade on Red Square on May 9.