The Government of the Russian Federation has been instructed to present suggestions on Russia’s participation in anniversary celebrations in the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine honouring the liberation of their territories from Nazi occupiers, as well as Russia’s participation in the anniversary celebrations held by member states of the anti-Hitler coalition, marking the defeat of the Nazi troops and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet troops.
Instructions were also issued to present suggestions on increasing funding to care for Soviet soldiers’ graves and memorials abroad.
In particular, the instructions relating to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 concern one-time payments to veterans and persons who became disabled in the war, former underage prisoners of concentration camps, ghettos and other detention facilities established by the Nazis and their allies during World War II, and several other categories of citizens.
The instructions also address participation by CIS and anti-Hitler coalition member states’ armed forces and units in military parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, 2015.
The Government has been instructed to develop a programme of cultural and other events with participation by foreign delegations that are invited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945, organise screening of the best Russian and Soviet documentary and feature films about this war in Russia and at Russian Foreign Ministry offices abroad, Russian science and cultural centres and Russian military bases abroad.
The government has also been instructed to work with the highest executive bodies of the Russian regions to provide medical services and improve housing conditions for veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945; organise searches for unknown heroes of this war, publish their names and present them (or the families of deceased veterans) with decorations that were not awarded earlier.
The instructions also concern promoting knowledge about the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 among young people, creating the Soborovskoye Field memorial complex in Orel Region and an armoured vehicle museum in Belgorod Region at the sites of the Great Patriotic War’s major battles.