12 June 2020

On 12th June the Russian Federation celebrates the Day of Russia - a national holiday. On this significant day in 1990, the Declaration on the State Sovereignty of Russia was adopted. And a year later, on the same day, for the first time in the history of their homeland, the Russians became participants in the public elections of the Head of State, when the first President of Russia  - Boris Yeltsin was elected. These significant events that occurred on 12th June 1991, became the reason for the establishment of the Day of Russia.
Most public offices and schools etc. are closed on 12th June. Usually people may attend concerts and festive parades, enjoy the fireworks that take place in many cities throughout the country. Prominent Russian writers, scientists and humanitarian workers receive State Awards from the President of Russia on this day. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration of the Day of Russia will be held in an online format. Museums, libraries and concert halls throughout the country prepared special programs for this day - there will be lectures, films, exhibitions, concerts and performances. All events will be broadcast on the official websites of cultural institutions.