3 Nov 2017 20:42

Putin to attend National Unity Day festivities, visit "Russia: focus on the future" exhibition

MOSCOW. Nov 3 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Ptuin will attend festivities on the occasion of National Unity Day on November 4, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

"The festivities will begin with a flower laying ceremony at the Minin and Pozharsky monument," the press office said.

Next, the head of state will visit an exhibition, entitled "Russia: focus on the future."

"Exhibited in 15 thematic rooms at Central Manezh [exhibition center] are projects of the future being developed by the relevant ministries and government agencies, as well as large Russian companies," the statement said.

At a formal reception at the Grand Kremlin Palace, Putin will confer a presidential award for contributions to strengthening the unity of the Russian nation.

The award was established by presidential order No. 200 from April 26, 2016, for activities aimed at uniting Russia's multiethnic people and harmonizing inter-ethnic relations.

The president will also award Orders of Friendship to foreign citizens for their particular merits in consolidating peace, friendship and mutual understanding between peoples and preserving and promoting Russian language and culture abroad, the press service said.