Victory Celebrations Should Correspond to
Novosti) — Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the
celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Victory in the Great
Patriotic War should
correspond to Russia’s, or the Soviet Union’s, crucial contribution to
discuss in detail the situation at the concluding stage of the
celebration arrangements. Slightly over a month is left until
May 9, and we should resolve positively a series of urgent issues,
and set the tone, in the remaining time, corresponding to the
decisive role our country played in the WWII victory," the
president said at a session of the Russian Pobeda organization
this in mind, we should address the preparations for the jubilee
celebrations," stressed Putin.
He added that
he organization committee was meeting in Oryol for a reason. "This
is where a particular landmark of the war was," said Putin.
He continued that the victory in the Kursk-Oryol battle "did
not let the enemy to take revenge for its serious defeat outside
Moscow and Stalingrad."
Russia has allocated $5.5 million for Russian and Soviet burials
abroad, said Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov. In August,
monthly payments to war veterans and people of an equal status
will be indexed, added Zhukov.
that monthly payments to war veterans and other people of the
same status began on January 1, 2005.
To this end,
the government has transferred 30 billion rubles ($1=27.82 rubles)
to the Pension Fund, said the vice premier.
He also said
that over 50 billion rubles had been allocated for medicines,
tour packages to resort and health centers, and free two-way
transportation of the veterans.
billion rubles are allocated to cover their free trips to resort
and health centers, and also 5.9 billion rubles for using the