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Executive Order on preparations for the 70th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945

April 25, 2013

Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Preparations for the Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.

The President signed the Executive Order, taking into account the global historical role of the victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 and with the aim of coordinating the work of government agencies at all levels and public organisations to prepare and hold celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945. Russia’s Pobeda (Victory) organising committee will be responsible for this coordination work.

In particular, the Russian Federation Government has been instructed to develop, together with the Pobeda (Victory) organising committee, a plan for preparing and holding the main celebratory events, including those honouring the 70th anniversary of decisive battles and other highly important events in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.

In collaboration with Russia’s Foreign Ministry, the Pobeda (Victory) organising committee has been instructed to contact the governments of CIS member states, former anti-Hitler coalition members and other nations, as well as international and national NGOs, with the suggestion to participate in the preparations for celebratory events.

The Foreign Ministry has been instructed to provide the necessary political and diplomatic support for holding celebratory events.

Corresponding instructions have been given to federal and regional executive authorities. In particular, the instructions pertain to cleaning up military graves and memorial complexes, monuments and obelisks, graves of guerrilla fighters, underground fighters and concentration camp prisoners, as well as seeking out and burying the remains of soldiers killed defending the Fatherland.

April 25, 2013