State Duma offers to establish another Victory Day
The return of the old holiday will remind people of the inadmissibility of Japanese claims on the Kuriles.
Seventeen deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, among them Sergey Shargunov and Valery Rashkin, proposed to introduce Victory Day over militarist Japan - September 3, which was considered a holiday for 50 years and was canceled after the collapse of the USSR. According to the authors of the bill, the revival of the holiday will emphasize the “inadmissibility and groundlessness of any claims” on the sovereignty of Russian Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.
“This initiative is important for maintaining the territorial integrity of Russia in the Far East, restoring historical justice, ensuring proper respect for our ancestors who gave their lives in the fight against fascism and militarism, educating the younger generation in love for the Motherland,” the explanatory note says.
September 3 was declared a holiday in 1945 but was excluded from the list of military glory days in 1995. The USSR entered the war with Japan on August 9, 1945; on September 2, Japan capitulated.