Putin lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier to commemorate Russian military dead
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Russian President Vladimir Putin laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Thursday, when Defender of the Fatherland Day is marked across Russia. Many high-ranking officials also participated in the ceremony, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. Defender of the Fatherland Day is an annual holiday commemorating military forces and veterans which was first celebrated in Russia in 1922.