January 16, 2021, 5:35 am
June 12, previously a regular day, received in 1992 a national significance and became the Day of the adoption of the declaration of state sovereignty of Russia. Later people called it Independence Day, but after interpreted in different ways. For the bulk of the country’s population, June 12 was another day off and an opportunity to relax. Mass festivities, of course, were held, but there was no particular scope, and people walked reluctantly.
In 1998, the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin suggested in his speech celebrating and calling it simply as the Day of Russia. But the new name of the main holiday was officially fixed only with the entry into force of the provisions of the new Labor Code in 2002.
Russian Day marks the beginning of an important stage in the modern history of the Russian Federation – strengthening sovereignty and ensuring national unity. Firmly following the chosen course, over the past decades Russia has achieved impressive successes in state building and modernization of the economy, significantly strengthened its leading position on the world stage and keeps on moving towards progress. The commitment of Russians to the ideals of patriotism and cohesion, pride in the great achievements of their people and a strong conviction in the successful future of their Motherland are the key to the sustainable development of society and its well-being.
The friendly relations between Dhaka and Moscow have a long history and focuses on the interests of the peoples of the two countries. They jointly work to deepen bilateral ties and to preserve and enhance the rich traditions of Bangladeshi-Russian friendship, as well as to expand the partnerships.
In their greetings Bengal friends of Russia have said many words of gratitude reminding the active assistance provided from the USSR to Bangladesh to gain its independence in 1971, to create its socio-economic potential and its own skilled workforce.
The current difficult epidemiological situation due to the coronavirus COVID 19 did not allow the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Dhaka to hold a traditional reception and a festive concert. Nevertheless, the RCSC managed to organize several online events, including a flash mob with students from Duffodil University, a children’s drawing contest «I’m painting Russia», video messages from partner organizations such as Dhaka University, the Soviet Alumni Association Bangladesh (SAAB), Friendship Society Bangladesh – Russia, Associations of compatriots «Homeland», and many others.