Andrey Yatskin takes part in a ceremony to unveil the monument to the first President of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh

The monument was opened in the Vyborgsky District of St Petersburg.

First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Yatskin took part in a ceremony to unveil the monument to the first President of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh in St Petersburg’s Vyborgsky District.

Mr Yatskin is Co-Chair of the Federation Council Cooperation Group with the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The monument was erected at the intersection of Ho Chi Minh Street and Prospect Prosveshcheniya to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Nguyen Ai Quoc (Ho Chi Minh) in Petrograd.

“The unveiling of the monument to President Ho Chi Minh is a tribute to the state, political, military and party leader, independence fighter, patriot, internationalist, and leader of the nation,” Andrey Yatskin emphasised.

In his address, the Senator also stressed that parliamentary dialogue plays a consistently important role in enhancing Russia-Vietnam relations. “Vietnam is Russia’s reliable partner and ally in Southeast Asia. Our contacts clearly show mutual interest in boosting cooperation in various fields,” the parliamentarian noted.

The monument was created at the initiative of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong, and built by architects Anatoly Chernov and Lada Chernova based on sketches by sculptor Nguyen Van Vo. The project was implemented with assistance from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations.

The official unveiling ceremony was attended by St Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov; Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Russian Federation Dang Minh Khoi; President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga; and other members of the Vietnamese delegation.

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