Russia marks national unity Day

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The Russians will celebrate on Sunday, the national unity Day, in Moscow alone there will be three major events with rallies and marches, which will cover several thousand people, parks and large squares will unfold festivities. But to celebrate the holiday plan, not all Russians, for some it will be just a day off.

National unity day was established in 2005 in memory of the events of 1612, when the militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish invaders. On the Day of national unity in different cities of Russia political parties and social movements organize rallies, marches and concerts, charity events and sporting events.

Rallies and parades, cooking contests and relay races

In the national unity Day in Moscow will be held three mass rallies. One of them is the demonstration of a group of citizens – will be held on the streets of Marshal birjuzov and Marshal Vasilevsky metro station «Schukinskaya» in the North-West of the city and will culminate in a rally on the street of Marshal Vasilevsky with the number of participants to 5 thousand persons.

Five groups of citizens will be held from 14.00 to 15.00 joint procession through the streets of Lublin and Pererva, South-East of Moscow, followed by a rally numbering up to 6 thousand people at the monument to the Soldiers of the Fatherland.

In addition, on Pushkin square in the center of the capital of the liberal democratic party will hold an anti-war rally. It is expected that there will be the permanent leader of the party Vladimir Zhirinovsky. It is expected that the meeting will come to 2 thousand people.

In connection with mass actions in the capital will be temporarily closed to traffic — from 10.30 am on the route of the demonstrators from the underground «the October field» on streets of Marshal birjuzov and Marshal Vasilevsky to the metro station «Shchukinskaya». 11.00 motorists will not be able to get from the Pererva street to the monument to Soldiers of the Fatherland.

The movement will open as it passes the column of demonstrators.

The youth section of the Russian popular front will hold festive events in all regions of the country. «Junior front» is organizing on the streets of quizzes, master-classes, culinary battles and other races, a number of events of different formats will cover parks in major cities. For all those wishing to create a family photo zone with the special scenery, where you can be photographed in different images.

In Moscow «Junior front» will take part in the «Russia — we’re it.» Participants will hold a flashmob in which demonstrate the cultural diversity of the country and will share interesting facts about 85 regions of Russia.

Related to the holiday in numbers

According to the Fund ‘Public opinion’, almost 70% of Russians believe that such a holiday as the Day of national unity, the country needs. A year ago this view was held by 78% of respondents.

67% of respondents believe that most applies to this date only as to the additional output, and only 22% — the «how to holiday».

According to 59% of Russians, 4 November as national unity Day was chosen correctly (in 2013 thought so, 42% of respondents). The opposite view is held by 14% of Russians (in 2013 – 16%).

Poll «Omnibus» was held on 27-28 October in 104 localities from 53 regions of Russia among 1,5 thousand respondents.

According to research VTSIOM, unity Day is the Russians on the ninth place in popularity among the festivities, it is celebrated 42% of the population. Of those who celebrate the Day of national unity, the majority (45%) were women and only 39% men. Among the age groups most often celebrated on 4 November the Russians over 60 years of age (47%) and 45-59 years (46%).

Muscovites and Petersburgers less celebrated November 4, than inhabitants of villages and cities with a small population. National unity day celebrated in the cities with population from 500-950 thousand people, than in the capitals (48% vs 29%).

The initiative Russian opinion «polls-Sputnik» was held on October 28, among 1.6 thousand of Russians aged 18 years through telephone interviews. Data were weighted for probability of selection and socio-demographic parameters. The maximum size of the error for this sample with 95% probability does not exceed 2.5%.

The holiday is not for everyone

Russia marks national unity Day© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomancer of national unity marks an indissoluble connection of generations, said Patinten national unity will be celebrated by many politicians, particularly Zhirinovsky, who said that this day in the future will be the main celebration, because it is politically neutral and totally popular.

«It is important here not even a specific historical episode — the revolt of Minin and Pozharsky — this is rather just a symbol of what ordinary people, even in the situation when the government was incompetent, unable to unite to save the country», — the politician considers.

In «Fair Russia» though and called the faux holiday, mark it still will be, but in different ways. Deputy head of the faction WED in the state Duma Mikhail Emelyanov said that on 4 November the party will take part in national events dedicated to this holiday. «The day of national unity and national unity day that people celebrated it irrespective of political affiliation, national origin, religion and so on, then it will be unity. None of the parties should not «pull» it on yourself», — said the MP.

Russia marks national unity Day© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich fotobanka in the state Duma introduced a draft on Amnesty in connection with Day of national Edinstvo party colleague,actress Elena Drapeko admitted that on 4 November will also be to celebrate, but his birthday, which was yesterday, and the Day of national unity does not accept.

Communist party Deputy Director Vladimir Bortko said that it takes 4 November for a gala day and autumn celebrates the Day of the October revolution. In his opinion, a major public holiday needs to be national unity Day, the Day of the baptism of Rus.

«For me personally, the day of the establishment of our state is the baptism of Rus by Vladimir, because it is not so much a religious act, how much of the state. It is, in fact, is the emergence of our country into the light. It would I do, instead of November 4, the main state holiday of Russia», — shared his opinion Bortko.

Popularization of the holiday

Russia marks national unity Day© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova fotobank in Moscow during the national unity Day will limit the sale alcoholemia the importance of the festival, human rights defenders and social activists agree that the work on the promotion of national unity Day has received less attention.

«I think he had a philosophical, moral, and legal point of view is important for our society. Need to conduct legal advocacy and to celebrate it in a variety of formats, in order to give it the meaning which invested the Parliament, establishing this day,» said the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova.

Member of the presidential Council for human rights Alexander Brod believes that the popularization of this holiday you need to pay more attention to national politics and the protection of the rights of all peoples inhabiting Russia. In his opinion, to promote the idea of the party need to strengthen the work of all government institutions and civil society.

Russia marks national unity Day© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi in fotobank national unity Day will restrict movement in the two districts Masqueray Deputy Chairman of the Board international public Fund «Russian peace Foundation» Elena sutormina offers in schools and other educational institutions more to tell about this celebration and the history to explain what is meant by unity and reconciliation. The social worker also noted that this date is a perfect example for the education of civil position among young people.

Secretary of the Russian Public chamber Valery Fadeev has noted a very good time for the festive day: «fall deep, in this sad autumn season output is very appropriate.» «It is necessary that he was still full of content. I’m not a pessimist, I think there’s just not enough time has passed to make a part of life for everyone,» he said.Russia marks national unity Day© Infographical nation: how people live in Russia