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Russian President signs law on World War I soldiers commemoration day

December 31, 2012, 16:11 UTC+3

It will be marked August 1

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MOSCOW, December 31 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on establishing a Day of Commemoration of the Russian Soldiers Fallen in World War I. It will be marked August 1, the Kremlin press service said.

This will be one more addition to the list of commemorative dates entered in the federal Law on Days of Military Glory and Commemoration Dates.

Various statistical sources differ in the assessments of how many Russian soldiers were killed during World War I but it is commonly accepted to believe that the figure stands somewhere close to 1.67 million.

The war-related losses among civilians totaled 1.07 million.


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