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Day of memory and sorrow in Russia. Photo gallery

In 1996, the day of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War was declared the Day of Memory and Sorrow. On this day in Russia, flags are lowered to half-mast at state institutions, flowers are laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and war memorials.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (second left) and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) during a flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Day of Memory and Sorrow on the 81st anniversary of the start of World War II
Sergei Bobylev / TASS

In 2022, in some Russian cities, in the early morning, recordings of announcers and songs of the war years were broadcast on the streets. During the day, the Candle of Memory and other memorable events will be held. RTVI has put together a photo gallery of how Russians remember the day the Great Patriotic War began.

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