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Laying flowers at the Monument to Soldiers of the Russian Expeditionary Force

November 11, 2018, Paris

Vladimir Putin, who is in Paris to attend the commemorative events to mark 100 years since the end of WWI, honoured Russian soldiers and officers by laying flowers at the Monument to Officers and Soldiers of the Russian Expeditionary Force Who Fought in France in WWI.

Along with the Russian President, descendants of WWI participants also attended the ceremony. The President spoke with them following the ceremony.

Renowned Russian sculptor Vladimir Surovtsev created the memorial. The piece, entitled The Spring, shows a young Russian officer who holds a French WWI helmet with Russian double-headed eagle as a symbol honouring his fallen fellow soldiers.

November 11, 2018, Paris