8 May 2019 14:59

Kyrgyz president to participate in Bishkek Immortal Regiment march on May 9

BISHKEK. May 8 (Interfax) - Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov will participate in the Immortal Regiment march in Bishkek on May 9, on the occasion of the victory in WWII.

"President Jeenbekov plans to launch the Immortal Regiment march and to participate in it together with city residents on May 9," a representative of the presidential administration told Interfax on Wednesday.

Jeenbekov took part in the Immortal Regiment march for the first time in 2018. He was carrying a portrait of his grandfather, Jeenbek Pirnazarov, who was declared missing in action.

The organizers of the Bishkek march told Interfax they were expecting a record turnout, considering the growing interest of the city public in the event. The Immortal Regiment march will begin in the southern part of the Kyrgyz capital and cover a distance of seven kilometers to Victory Square in the city center.

A representative of the Bishkek city police told Interfax that security had been tightened ahead of the V-Day celebrations.

Up to 45,000 people took part in the remembrance march in Bishkek in 2018, according to the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry.

Immortal Regiment marches have been held in every other big city of Kyrgyzstan, as well.