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Putin lays wreath at monument to paratroopers in Ryazan

November 15, 2013, 18:45 UTC+3 RYAZAN
Russian President arrived in Ryazan on Friday to visit the Airborne Troops Command Academy, which marked the 95th anniversary on November 13
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RYAZAN, November 15. (ITAR-TASS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid a wreath at the monument to graduates from the Ryazan airborne troops academy who died in service.

Other participants in the ceremony -- Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Commander of Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov, presidential envoy to the Central Federal District Alexander Beglov and the Ryazan Region's Governor Oleg Kovalyov -- laid red roses at the monument. They stood for a minute's silence.

Putin, who is Supreme Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, also laid flowers at the monument to Gen. Margelov and visited the memorial complex. There are black marble plaques with the names of all the 53 Heroes of the Soviet Union and 74 Heroes of Russia who graduated from the academy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ryazan on Friday to visit the Airborne Troops Command Academy, which marked the 95th anniversary on November 13.

The president will also hold a meeting to discuss military education issues. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is expected to make a report.

Many hope that after Shoigu's appointment as defence minister, higher education schools and specializations abolished under the former ministry leadership will be restored.

The number of students admitted to military academies increased 7.5 times this year. About 15,000 people became first-year students of the Defense Ministry’s institutions in 2013.

The Defense Ministry has already corrected the military education management system. At present, educational institutions are subordinate to deputy ministers and commanders.

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