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Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in a ceremony celebrating Russia Day in Moscow on Friday.
In his speech at Moscow’s Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill, his first appearance at a public event since May 9, Putin offered holiday greetings to Russian citizens and their compatriots abroad.
“For all of us, our motherland is our family, our ancestral home, our land, from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, from the Arctic Ocean to Sevastopol and Crimea,” Putin said.
He went on to say that he was confident that an absolute majority of Russians would support constitutional amendments allowing him to remain in power for two more terms until 2036.
After his speech, Putin awarded Hero of Labour medals to a group of factory owners, scientists and medical professionals.
Russia Day was inaugurated in 1992 to mark Russia’s declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union, paving the way to the country’s independence.
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