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Around 24 million people took part in Victory Day celebrations in Russia — ministry

May 10, 10:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The "Immortal Regiment" march gathered 700,000 people in Moscow
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Immortal Regiment march in Moscow

Immortal Regiment march in Moscow

© Sergey Petrov/TASS

MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Around 24 million people took part in celebrations of the 71st anniversary of the Victory Day in Russia, Interior Ministry’s official spokesperson Irina Volk told TASS on Tuesday.

"Around 24 million people took part in celebrations of the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Law and order and public safety were ensured in full on the territory of the Russian Federation," Volk said.

Over 15,000 events, including military parades, laying wreaths to memorials, concerts and fireworks, were held in 8,000 settlements in Russia on May 9, she noted. The biggest number of people attended events in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in Leningrad Region, Sverdlovsk Region and Krasnodar Krai.

"Around 273,300 people were involved in ensuring public order and safety of people during public festivals, marches, events. Among them were 181,500 officers of law enforcement agencies, over 10,000 guards, around 24,000 representatives of citizens patrol, 6,100 Russian Cossacks and around 10,500 people from private security companies," Volk said.

Law enforcement officers not only ensured order at events, but also took part in the "Immortal Regiment" march which gathered 700,000 people in Moscow this year.

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