OP will hold a series of rallies and concerts across the country in support of the Olympians

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A series of Patriotic rallies and concerts in support of Russian athletes, who will participate in the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, will be held across the country on 3 February; in Moscow, the key events will take place on Vasilevsky descent, as expected, they will take part to 10 thousand persons.

The initiator of the action became Public chamber (OP) of the Russian Federation.

«On the first Saturday of February, a week before the start of the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in support of Russian athletes in Moscow and other Russian cities will be Patriotic rallies-concerts «Russia in my heart!». The initiator of the action serves the Public chamber of the Russian Federation. The main objective of the meetings-concerts — show support to our athletes and to demonstrate the unity of the people», — said the press-service of public chamber on Friday.

In events across the country will take part representatives of social movements, voluntary associations «and simply not indifferent citizens.»

«In Moscow, the key events will take place on Vasilevsky descent. It is expected that in a festive rally-concert in the capital participation of up to ten thousand people», — noted in the chamber.

As noted by the Chairman of Commission OP of the Russian Federation on development of public diplomacy, cultural cooperation and preservation of traditional values Elena sutormina, in a situation when the sport is so politicized, athletes should feel the support of society.

«Now we, the Russian society should unite in support of our athletes that are in a difficult situation. It is sad that sport was mixed with politics, and the impact will have to keep our athletes. The international Olympic Committee in relation to them acting completely unfairly, most athletes do not have to the charges irrelevant, they have just become a victim of open pressure on the whole of Russia», — said the member of the public chamber.

According to the Storming, this action is intended to show «that we are together, we support each other, and our strength is in this unity that we hold on to the values that we have carried through the centuries, and one of the main values is fairness.»

The international Olympic Committee (IOC) in December declared that «pure» Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in Games 2018 in Pyeongchang only under the Olympic flag, under certain conditions and in the status of «Olympic athletes of Russia» (OAR). ROC published on Thursday, the bid for the Olympics-2018, which included the names of 169 athletes, leading Russian athletes invitation from the IOC for the Games received.

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