Day of Russia commemorates the collapse of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the democratic government of the Russian Federation.
The collapse of the Soviet Union did not happen overnight and was a gradual process that spanned over several years. The first step was taken on June 12th, 1990 when the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty was issued. Russia Day was first celebrated in 1992 and became an official holiday in 1994.
Russia Day is celebrated with fireworks and free concerts held in many places all across the country. On the day the president awards medals outside the Kremlin to scientists, artists, actors, musicians, religious leaders and writers to thank them for their contributions to Russian society.
- Visit the heart of Moscow - the Red Square and the historically significant merchant quarter of Kitai-Gorod
- Many cities will hold celebrations and smaller gatherings, consider St Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, and other Russian cities
- Enjoy the warm June weather and visit Moscow’s Gorky Central Park, to explore relaxing walkways, peaceful ponds as well as roller coasters, poetry readings, free yoga classes, performances and small cafes
- Spend the day exploring captivating collections at Russian museums - our favourite is the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg - founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, it displays an immense quantity of Russian paintings, sculptures and artefacts
- Tour across Russia is the best was to learn about Russia’s long history, culture, and the events that led to the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as further history and traditions of this vast and diverse country