Russian Embassy partners UZ in Victory Day Celebrations

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As an indication of its strong friendship with Zimbabwe, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Harare has partnered with the University of Zimbabwe through Arts to celebrate their Victory Day in the Great Patriotic war.

Every year on May 9, celebrations and parades take place across many Russian cities to mark what they call the Great Patriotic War, in which more than 20 million Soviet citizens died in Russia and abroad.

In a statement, the Embassy of Russia said they had prepared an event in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe where films devoted to the Great Patriotic war will be screened.

“We are happy to announce the event prepared by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Harare together with the University of Zimbabwe. We invite you to celebrate with us the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic war,” said the Embassy.

“We offer you free screenings of three Russian films dedicated to the Great Patriotic war, “The Last Frontier”, “Saving Leningrad”and “Rzhev”. All screenings will take place at the Diamond Hall of the University of Zimbabwe starting from 01.00 p.m. on May 10, May 11, and May 12,” the Embassy said.

Zimbabwe and Russia have maintained strong economic and political bilateral relations which date back to the 1970s.

Early this year, Zimbabwe was one of 35 countries which abstained from voting against Russia over the Ukraine crisis when it was put up for a vote by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on the basis that it did not support the imposition of sanctions against member States.  

Last week, after paying a courtesy visit to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda, Russia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Malawi Nikolai Krasilnikov said his country appreciated how Zimbabwe stood in its corner and rallied its support behind the Kremlin in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.

“Today I had another opportunity to express the gratitude of the Russian Federation of the Republic of Zimbabwe especially the government for the strong support my country receives from Zimbabwe in the context of attempts of the so-called collective West to impose its will on Russia and other sovereign independent states,” he said.

“It is remarkable that Russia and Zimbabwe are on the same wave in order to safeguard against their national interest and to establish and maintain any world order based the adherence to the UN Charter and the international world order.

He said Russia and Zimbabwe were joined together by joint efforts to maintain a new world order based on its adherence to the UN Charter and international law, adding that relations and cooperation between the State Duma and the National Assembly, the Federation Council and the Senate of the two countries played a very important role.

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