Salahuddin Haider

Sunday, November 15, 2015 – IT WAS indisputably a great occasion for the Russians all over the world. They commemorate the day every year of 4th of November to honour the popular uprising that freed Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian occupation in 1612 under the leadership of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharksy, who are their heroes.

The Russian consul general in Karachi Oleg Avedeev too held a grand reception at his consulate Friday (slightly late for calendar difficulties) evening to highlight the historic event. It was a gathering of some of the most illustrious people like great Pakistani entrepreneur Byram D Avari and , wife Goshpi, and son Dinshaw, Amina Syed, managing director of theOxford University Press , former ambassadors, Zia Ispahani, and Dr Masooma Hasan, former governor and interior minister General ® Moinuddin Haider, eminent businessmen, Arif Balagamwala, Kalim Farooqui, Iktihar and Ishtiaq Begs, leading media men, industrialists, and prominent intellectuals.

Among the diplomatic corps members were the consuls general of Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, the number two at the Chinese consulate, and United States of America, namely Rainer Schiemedchien, Emil Wyss, John Truck Knott, and his deputy Gill Atkinson, Francoise, and his newly arrived number two, Noor-i-Islam, Herath, Bakheet, Ismail, Ouichi, Mo, Chad Peterson and James Robinson, and a number of others. It was a galaxy of stars, a milky way at the Russian mission premises, memorable event, with remarkable people.

In brief speech, the host, Oleg Avedeev said the day’s name alludes to the idea that all classes of Russian Society united to preserve Russian Statehood when there was neither a tsar, nor a patriarch to guide them. In 1613 Tsar Mikhail Romanov instituted a holiday as Day’s of Moscow’s Liberation from Polish Invaders,

It was celebrated in the Russian empire federation in 2005, when the events of the year 1612 have been celebrated instead of those in 1917,every November 4. He added that Unity Day calls for tolerance betwee various ethnic and religious groups in the Russian Federation. History shows that Russian nation stayed united in times of trouble,whether it was in 1612, 1812, during the Napoleonic invasion or during World War 2nd.

He observed that love for motherland unites the Russians nowadays as before. Love for the country,for home and family—these are things that remain important and altogether the notion of what is known as Motherland. He said that Russians may celebrate Unity days in many ways. Some may lay flowers to the monuments of national heroes, Kuzma Minin, and Dmitry Pozharsky for their historic roles.

Oleg added that many politicians , public and religious figures stress in televised addresses the need for unity of all ethnic and religious groups on the Russian Federation, concerts, and exhibitions, taking place to mark the great day of Russian history.

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