The National Unity Day, first celebrated on 4 November 2005, commemorates the popular uprising lead by prince Dmitry Pozharsky and a meat merchant Kuzma Minin which ejected the alien occupying forces of Polish Roman Papists army from Moscow in November 1612, and more generally the end of the Time of Troubles and foreign interventions in Russia. Its name alludes to the idea that all the classes of the Russian society willingly united to preserve the Russian statehood when its demise seemed inevitable, even though there was neither Tsar nor Patriarch to guide them. Recently this episode was made into a Russian movie 1612.
Minin and Pozharsky: The Liberation of Moscow. (from the triptych “For the Russian Land!”) Artist Yuri Pantyukhin
Russia: Muscovites celebrate Unity Day in capital
Parade in Sevastopol, Crimea
River dance in Simferopol, Crimea
Russia: Putin and Patriarch Kirill bless new monument to Vladimir the Great
Nov 4, 2016
President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new monument to the Russia’s first Christian leader Vladimir the Great in Moscow, on Friday. The opening ceremony took place just in few meters from Kremlin walls and coincided with the Russian National Unity Day.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Your Holiness. Respected Muscovites! Dear friends!
I greet and congratulate you on the opening of the monument to Saint Equal-to-apostles Prince Vladimir. This is a big and significant event for Moscow, for the whole country and for all Russian compatriots. It is symbolic that it is being held on the National Unity Day here in the centre of the capital near the walls of the ancient Kremlin, in the heart of Russia.”
Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “The strong moral support, cohesion and unity helped our ancestors to overcome difficulties, to live and to win for the glory of the Fatherland, to strengthen its power and greatness from generation to generation. And today it is our duty to stand together against modern threats and challenges basing on spiritual precepts, invaluable traditions of unity and concord and to move forward ensuring the continuity of our thousand-year history.”
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia (Russian): “The monument to Prince Vladimir is a symbol of the unity of all the peoples to whom he is farther. This is the peoples of the historical Rus’ currently living within the borders of many states. The monument to the farther may be everywhere where his children live. There is no contradiction in it. But it is bad if children forget that they have the only father.”
What a difference between these marches of happy peaceful people celebrating “Unity”. And as those in Crimea showed also “out for a stroll with the family”. And the marches and parades we see in Ukraine. Full of violent looking/acting fascists,strutting though the streets of Kiev.Its a “night and day” difference. Happy smiles in the videos from Russia. And frowns on those from Ukraine.
sometimes, one may use the epithet fabulous; truly fabulous, thank you.
I wish for the Russian people all bests they fully deserve, stay strong and united in the face of dangers and be an example for all of us !
Oh ! My !! A jingoistic demonstration, instead of a beautiful “gay pride” parade ???
I’m just being sarcastic & as the NSA/CIA maybe spying on me, I want to be seen as anti Russian ???
Little historical note:
Mentioned Poles (in fact they were Lithuanians, but nobody cares) went out to HELP Russia in times after the death of Ivan the Terrible. The late tzar was terrible ruler indeed, country was depopulated and indebted in London. Boyars, sick and tired of constant losing against Lithuanians, proposed to crown a Polish-Lithuanian prince (in fact a Swede), but prince’s father opposed: “The Russia is to be ruled by a Rusian”. Therefore the job was outsourced to Pseudo-Demetrius I.
But London moneylenders were not asleep – they found another local puppets and poured money with manpower (almost totally Scots and Irishmen) into Moscow.
Hey, Not to fret – Russian was not the only one nation used and abused – the London goldsmiths did exactly the same “ISIS” scheme with Gustavus II Adolphus, king of Sweden.