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On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared Russian sovereignty from the Soviet Union. Initially it was named Day of the Adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation, on 1 February 2002 it was officially renamed to Russia Day (in 1998 Boris Yeltsin offered this name socially).

There exists a misconception in Russian society, that this holiday is also called Russia's Independence Day, but it never had such a name in official documents.

Flowers and wreaths are laid on wartime graves and special parties and concerts are organized for veterans. A huge ground and air military parade, hosted by the President of the Russian Federation, is annually organized in Moscow on Red Square.

Most observers view this as an attempted replacement to counter Communist demonstrations on November 7 holiday, which marked the anniversary of the October Revolution.

A person who dies a “bad” death, or a death “not their own,” died too soon before the time God assigned them.

These persons might have been murdered, committed suicide, died of illness, or in war.

On (by Moscow time) the German military surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Allies of World War II in Berlin (Karlshorst).

It commemorates those who died in World War II and pays tribute to survivors and veterans.

Many of them are now inseparable parts of everyday life, or simply common social etiquette, though they often have their origins in superstition.

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