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International Children’s Day in Russia

26. May 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Celebrated in Russia and the Ukraine on June 1, International Children’s Day is a holiday honoring minors and small children.

A variety of kid-friendly, family-orientated events take place on Children Day’s, as well as special programs and speeches designed to raise awareness about children’s rights and wellbeing. There are also parties, extra children’s television programs, special meals, and more.

One event taking place this year is a charity run for Moscow-based charity Downside Up, an organization that helps children with Down Syndrome and their families. June 1st will also see the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Beslam school tragedy. Officials will hold the unveiling ceremony in front of the Church of Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Kulishki in Moscow. Russia also introduced an anti-child abuse campaign, Russia – Without Child Abuse, this week.

President Dmitry Medvedev said in a statement on Tuesday: “It is a well-known truth that there is no such thing as somebody else's children. This is why it is important to react rapidly to each specific case of child abuse, doing more to prevent social orphans and homelessness, and, of course, to create an atmosphere of zero tolerance in society regarding any violence towards children.”