Fedotov told how the HRC influenced the change of Protocol on the Day of Victory

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation — the Supreme commander of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin speaks before a military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945 on the red square in Moscow. Archival photoFedotov told how the HRC influenced the change of Protocol on the Day of Victory© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

The head of the presidential Council on human rights Mikhail Fedotov in an interview with RIA Novosti told how the HRC at the time influenced the change of presidential Protocol in the Victory Day, supporting the idea of one of the most prominent Russian human rights defenders Lyudmila Alexeyeva declaring the traditional minute’s silence exactly a head of state.

He recalled that before many years there was a tradition of Victory Day at 18.00 Moscow time on the radio and TV were declared the all-Russia minute of silence.

«But for the past few years as a tradition has changed: the minute of silence announced by the head of state during his speech at the Victory parade. Few people know that the Protocol has changed by the Council unanimously supported the idea of a permanent member of the Presidium of the HRC, the Chairman of the Moscow Helsinki group Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva,» — said Fedotov in an interview with RIA Novosti, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the presidential human rights Council.

And now, he said, «a moment of silence finds Russians in the summer beds, not in traffic jams or shopping». «Millions of Russians, traditionally beginners festive day with a military parade, in unison, rise up in their houses with sofas and stools, to commemorate the victims of the terrible war», — said the head of the Council.