Putin spoke about the role of patriotism in Russia

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Patriotism inspires both noble deeds and real breakthroughs, said Vladimir Putin at a gala reception in the Kremlin.

«Russia’s high ideals of patriotism are of particular value, based on them the invincible power of the spirit of our people that has surprised and delighted the world. Patriotism is the most important part of the national culture, the core of our genetic memory. These traditions have always inspired to noble deeds for real breakthroughs, the creation of true creative masterpieces,» — said Putin.

According to the Russian leader, national unity Day is primarily historical, moral, spiritual significance.

«He signifies loyalty to the Fatherland, readiness to defend it, work for its prosperity», — he said.

The head of state takes part in celebrations on the occasion of national unity Day. In particular, the President laid flowers to the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, visited the exhibition «Treasures of museums of Russia» and presented prizes and awards of foreign public and state figures.

National unity day in Russia became an official holiday in 2005. It was established to commemorate the events of 1612, when the militia led by Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish invaders. The militia stormed China town on 22 October. This date — 22 October according to the Julian calendar, or November 4 on Gregorian calendar — was chosen as the national holiday.