On April 6th Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order conferring the title of City of Military Glory on Petrozavodsk. It is conferred on the city for the courage, steadfastness and mass heroism displayed by their defenders in the struggle for Russia’s freedom and independence.
Head of the Republic of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen has congratulated Great Patriotic War veterans and citizens of Petrozavodsk and Karelia on this occasion.
- A historical event has taken place several hours ago. Vladimir Putin signed executive order conferring the honorary title of City of Military Glory on Petrozavodsk. Tremendous work conducted since 2005 by public organizations, our veterans is crowned with success with this order. The city is honoured with this title for a good reason. Today we speak with pride about the glory of our fellow-countrymen who fought on battlefields, and about the fact that the banner of the Karelian Front was the first caried through Red Square at the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. On the threshold of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War please accept my heartiest congratulations on this landmark event in history of Karelia, - Alexander Khudilainen said.
On Presidential executive orders the title of City of Military Glory is also conferred upon Staraya Russa, Gatchina, Grozny, and Feodosia.
The honorary title of City of Military Glory was established by the Federal Law of May 9, 2006. The title is conferred on Russian cities whose defenders displayed courage, steadfastness and mass heroism in fierce battles in the cities themselves or in their environs. The title can also be conferred on the Hero Cities of the Russian Federation.