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Russia's First Lady Wants July 8 Public Holiday

Source: Agence France-Presse (Moscow)
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008

Russia's First Lady, Svetlana Medvedeva, is chairing a committee to celebrate July 8th as a Russian "anti-Valentine's Day", with emphasis on family, marriage and long-term faithfulness, rather than what she (and many in Russia) considers the shallowness of Saint-Valentine's celebration of short-term infatuation.

If this year's first July 8 celebration is a success, Mrs. Medvedev has promised to make it an official public holiday in Russia.

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