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Fifth statue of President Ho Chi Minh to be erected in Russia

06:50 | 09/10/2020

A statue of late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh will be erected in Vyborg town, Russia’s Saint Petersburg city where he first set foot in the Soviet Union.

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President Ho Chi Minh (C) and other delegates to the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1961. Source: VNA

There are four statues of President Ho Chi Minh in Russia, with the first built in Moscow in 1990 and the others in Ulyanovsk in 2017, and Vladivostok in 2019. The fourth statue is located within the campus of the St. Petersburg University.

The stone marking the statue’s location was placed at a ceremony on October 8 which was attended by Russian officials, former Soviet military experts who had helped Vietnam during the war against the US, and Russian friends, among others.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh said nearly 100 years ago, President Ho landed in St. Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd, as part of his path for national salvation.

The construction of the late leader’s statue in St. Petersburg holds great political, historical and cultural significance, he said, noting that it will become a symbol for the long-standing friendship between Vietnam and Russia and St. Petersburg in particular.

The Vietnamese Embassy is coordinating with St. Petersburg’s authorities and competent agencies of the two countries in designing the statue, Manh added.

President Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890 in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, the north-central province of Nghe An. He devoted his whole life to the cause of national liberation, while tirelessly striving for peace and progress around the world.

He also led the struggle for national independence and established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in 1945. The President passed away in 1969.

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The Ho Chi Minh Monument in Moscow: The portrait of a smiling President Ho Chi Minh was engraved on a giant copper disc. Below the disc is a sculpture of a Vietnamese man standing up from his knees. Behind the disc is an image of two bamboo trees, a familiar image to all Vietnamese people and one widely known in Russia and many people in the capital Moscow.

On the occasion of the late leader’s 130th birthday (May 19), the VNA correspondents in Russia had a talk with Prof. Dr. Vladimir Kolotov, head of the Ho Chi Minh Institute under the Saint Petersburg State University.

Kolotov, one of the leading Russian scholars of Vietnamese studies, affirmed that President Ho Chi Minh always left a good impression on those who once met him.

The Ho Chi Minh Institute is the first foreign research institute named after the late President in the world, he stated, adding that this year’s May 19 also marks the institute’s 10th founding anniversary.

Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh also said that in his position, he has met many leading officials of the Russian Federal State, localities, Russian researchers, and Russian friends who have expressed their sentiments and respect for President Ho Chi Minh.

The diplomat emphasized the role of the President is laying a foundation for the friendship between Vietnam and the Soviet Union in the past and Russia at present./.

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